A letter from my congressman.

20 01 2012

Dear Mr. Thade:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), as well as the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. I appreciate hearing your thoughts and share your concerns on this issue.

H.R. 3261, SOPA, was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). The intent of the bill is to address online copyright infringement activities and to promote the use of legitimate material online. Particularly aimed at websites that are not registered in the United States, this legislation would allow the Department of Justice to shut down access to suspected offending sites for users in the U.S.  While I do think online copyright infringement is troubling and we should work together to find ways to protect intellectual property, this bill goes too far.  Freedom of expression in America is too valuable a principle and until we can find a balanced way to achieve these goals, I will oppose this bill and attempts to limit free speech.

H.R. 3261 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where it awaits further action.   In the Senate, S.968, the PROTECT IP Act, was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) with language and intent similar to SOPA. The PROTECT IP Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits consideration on the Senate floor. Please be assured that I will have your views in mind as I continue to closely monitor the progress of SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act.

Thank you again for writing to me. If my staff or I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
                                                                             Sincerely,

                                               Michael E. Capuano
                                               Member of Congress

Glad to hear it, Mr. Capuano. While this is obviously a canned, mass-response, I appreciate it.

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