Back in February, White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel solicited comments from the public about two topics: 1) "the costs to the U.S. economy resulting from intellectual property violations, and the threats to public health and safety created by infringement"; and 2) "recommendations from the public regarding the objectives and content of the Joint Strategic Plan and other specific recommendations for improving the Government’s intellectual property enforcement efforts."
The public -- or about 1,700 members of it -- has now spoken. And Espinel's office has now posted to the web what they had to say. I've only clicked through to a small percentage of the comments. Many written by individual artists and creators calling for strong copyright protection note that they were informed of the request for comment by the Copyright Alliance. I also came across a ton with identical language apparently copied and pasted from Public Knowledge's web site. ("Remember to add your name at the end of the comments, below the 'Sincerely,'" PK helpfully reminded visitors.) I realize PK gave all these people permission to do what they did, but when you're discussing copyright, wouldn't you think it important to be just a little bit creative?