Here is the response I got back from one of my Senators:
From: "SenateWebmail@cornyn.senate.gov" <SenateWebmail@cornyn.senate.gov>
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 12:04:51 PM
Subject: Thank You For Contacting My Office
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Neil:
Thank you for contacting me about the important issue of music performance rights. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this important matter.
As you are aware, rapid advances in communications technology have led to the development of digital television and radio, as well as subscription satellite television and radio services. These new capabilities expand the range of choices available to consumers; subscription satellite radio is one of the most successful examples of quickly advancing technology. I welcome such consumer-driven innovation and enjoy a personal satellite radio subscription.
As expected, technological innovation also brings with it the threat of copyright infringement. While recent technology advances represent important achievements, we must, on principle, protect the intellectual property rights of those responsible for such innovation. You may be certain that I will continue working with my Senate colleagues to strike a balance between copyright protection and technological advance and that I will keep your concerns in mind should the Senate consider relevant legislation during the 110th Congress.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
United States Senator
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856