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Pass Free Trade Legislation, But Ignore Calls to Insert "Fair Use" Provisions That Weaken American IP Protections

We at CFIF strongly advocate both free trade and intellectual property (IP) protection.  Although typically distinct policy questions, they are currently intertwined as Congress finally and fortunately moves toward passing free trade legislation.

The pending legislation rightly demands that trading partners recognize American IP rights, but that has naturally drawn fire from some of the usual suspects (e.g., Google, the Internet Association, et al.) who tend to oppose stronger IP rights because those protections tend to run contrary to their own particular business interests.  Specifically, those interests seek to include copyright limitations in free trade bills, including mandatory "Fair Use" exceptions.

That would be a bad idea.

Among other problems, those voices misstate domestic…[more]

May 29, 2015 • 11:04 am

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Wednesday, July 09 2014

In a letter sent this week to the leaders of the Senate Finance and House Way and Means Committees, the Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF") joined with more than a dozen other national organizations in urging Congress to pass comprehensive tax reform that focuses on simplicity and lower rates.  The letter was organized by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Read the letter below or download it here (.pdf).

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July 8, 2014

Dear Chairmen Camp and Wyden and Ranking Members Levin and Hatch:

The undersigned groups, representing millions of taxpayers, write to express our support for efforts to modernize and reform our tax code.  Our nation's outdated and broken tax code is unfair to America’s business owners – hindering their ability to invest and compete.  Businesses of all sizes need meaningful tax reform, with simplified rules and significantly lower rates, to unleash their ability to grow and hire.

Congress conducted its last major overhaul of our tax code in 1986.  Since then, America has stood in place while other nations have been aggressively modernizing their business tax codes and lowering their rates so that they can better compete on the international stage.  The average rate for industrialized nations is now 25 percent, while the United States currently sits at 39.1 percent (combined 35 percent federal rate and average state rate).  This disparity in tax rates is causing real harm to our economy and the time for action is now.

While your respective committees continue to work on comprehensive tax reform efforts, we strongly caution against the urge to take action on short-term fixes aimed at individual symptoms, rather than the entirety of the tax code.  We are specifically concerned about proposals that seek to make changes to our tax laws as a means to pay for projects that are totally unrelated to tax reform.  Attempts like these are a step in the wrong direction.  Their passage will do nothing to help America’s job creators.  In fact, it will make it even more difficult to achieve true tax reform.

Our organizations encourage you to stay focused on the task of achieving comprehensive tax reform that focuses on simplicity and lower rates, so that we realize the economic growth and job creation that will come as a result.

Sincerely,

David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Phil Kerpen, President, American Commitment
Brent Gardner, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for Prosperity
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
Jeffrey Mazzella, President, Center for Individual Freedom
Thomas A. Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom
Mario Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director, Independent Women's Forum
Heather Higgins, President and CEO, Independent Women's Voice
Seton Motley, President, Less Government
Gregory T. Angelo, Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans
Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union
Andrew Moylan, Executive Director, R Street Institute
Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Ryan Alexander, President, Taxpayers for Common Sense

 


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