A list of statements and legislative actions made by Rep. Lankford relating to SOPA.
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Jan 19, 2012
Letter to constituent
"The most recent drafts would also allow the Attorney General to commence actions against such individuals associated with nondomestic domain names. In short, this bill would empower U. S. citizens to bring action against foreign hackers and imposter Internet users conducting malicious activities. It would be a substantial deviation from the current method of "notice and take down," used to enforce copyright infringement issues today. As a result, many constituents have expressed concern about excessive government regulation of Internet free speech, especially for user-uploaded websites like YouTube and Facebook. As an advocate of less, not more federal government regulation of our day-to-day lives, I share your concerns. We must protect the intellectual property and free speech of American writers, artists, musicians, and other content providers. At the same time, we must ensure that any effort made by the federal government to protect property does not hinder the First Amendment rights of Internet users. Protecting online personal privacy and security is paramount. With millions of people around the world using the Internet for online banking, shopping, and social networking, safeguarding personal information online becomes more important every day. "
Jan 18, 2012
Statement against SOPA in its current form
"I understand the need to protect the intellectual property rights of all Americans, but I feel SOPA in its current form gives too much power to the federal government to regulate the Internet and violates the First Amendment rights of Internet users. However, this legislation is still a work in progress, and I am closely monitoring any changes that take place."