Jan 20, 2012
"I welcome [halting of SOPA] because of the bill's overreach"
"Knowing of your concern for H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), I am writing you today with an update on this piece of legislation. Today, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it would not move forward with consideration of SOPA until there are significant changes made and more widespread support. The Senate also announced that it would not move forward with consideration of the Senate version of SOPA called PIPA (the Protect IP Act). I welcome these announcement because of the bill's overreach. The bill is not moving anywhere in the foreseeable future. While the bill sought to combat internet piracy from overseas websites, Congress needs to rethink what is the best approach to combating foreign thieves and pirates that profit from stealing American products and property without infringing upon individual liberty and privacy. If you have any ideas on the best way to do this, please share your thoughts with me through my website poe.house.gov."
Jan 19, 2012
Statement on SOPA in an email to a constituent
"Illegal piracy and counterfeiting cost the U.S. economy $100 billion and thousands of jobs every year. There is wide agreement that "rogue websites" – or websites that operate overseas and sell counterfeit or pirated property – represent a significant threat to American intellectual property, which is a Constitutionally protected right in the U.S. New laws and policies are needed to address this growing and costly threat from overseas; however, I share your concern about some aspects of SOPA. Changes to the bill have been made in the House Judiciary Committee to address many of the concerns that have been raised about the bill. This process is ongoing, and further changes are possible. It is my hope that at the end of this process, a bill can be agreed upon that combats foreign websites that profit off online piracy, that protects freedom of speech, individual liberty, and that retains the integrity of the internet."