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- • Green (for "go") indicates an action in support of moving PIPA/SOPA forward.
- • Red (for "stop") indicates an action in opposition of PIPA/SOPA.
- • Neutral actions are in white.
"I agree with this decision" to withdraw PIPA"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was a strong supporter of PIPA, has withdrawn the bill from Senate floor consideration. I agree with this decision. Although there are legitimate issues to be addressed regarding so-called internet piracy, I believe that several provisions of the current legislation need to be clarified or revised. Protecting intellectual property is more challenging than ever before. For example, high speed broadband enables access to the entire catalog of movies, music, books, television, and technology. These protections should not censor free speech, nor should they hinder innovation. Online promotion of counterfeit goods by foreign entities is also a growing concern. Assessing how to protect copyright, patent, and intellectual property rights — and doing so without infringing on consumers’ legitimate interests — requires dealing with a complex series of problems."
"I do not support SOPA in its current form.""While I do believe we need to protect intellectual property rights, I do not believe that the solution needs to be done at the expense of our constitutional freedoms. Therefore, I do not support SOPA in its current form. In response to SOPA, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced H.R. 3782, the "Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act," in January. The OPEN Act allows intellectual property rights (IPR) holders to file a petition against websites that sell or make available counterfeit goods with the International Trade Counsel (ITC). The IPR owner can take the ITC determination to payment service providers and advertising networks to have them stop payments to the "rogue website." For more information on the OPEN Act, go to www.keepthewebopen.com. "
"I can no longer support SOPA in its current form""Online piracy is a serious issue that hurts our economy and costs us jobs in New Mexico. Counterfeit medication and contaminated drugs that are sold online endanger the health of Americans. It is clear that steps need to be taken to combat online piracy, but after further review, I have decided that I can no longer support SOPA in its current form. Over the past few weeks, I have heard from many of my constituents who agree that piracy is an issue that must be addressed, yet have serious concerns with provisions in this bill. After listening to them and talking with folks in the district over the weekend, I took another hard look at the bill. While we need to take steps to address online piracy, we must also protect the unique qualities of the Internet."
Statement against SOPA and PIPA as currently written"Whether passing the 9/11 Health Bill, repealing DADT, or my call to action for women, I have always urged New Yorkers to make their voices heard. There has been an outpouring of democracy in action over the last several weeks on PIPA & SOPA. While many of my colleagues and I have worked hard to address concerns with the current bill, it is clear this proposal will not create consensus on how to crack down on the real problem of online theft that threatens tens of thousands of New York jobs in a balanced way that ensures our tech companies will continue to flourish. It is time for Congress to take a step back and start over with both sides bringing their solutions to the table to find common ground towards solving this problem. New talks between stakeholders -- media companies, music and film companies, Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley here in New York is a critically needed step forward. Make no mistake, we must act to protect the theft of intellectual property that costs our economy billions in revenue -- but we must get it right without unintended consequences that could stifle the internet."
Quoted in the New York Times“I will use every ounce of my strength to fight” to stop PIPA in next week’s procedural vote, said Mr. Wyden.
Compares SOPA to polices of China, Iran, North KoreaBuchanan said regulation of the Internet is something to be expected from restrictive societies like China, Iran, and North Korea -- but not the United States.
"Since its inception, the Internet has been a revolutionary tool in our society, encouraging the free exchange of information and ideas," said Buchanan. "Excessive regulations and government intrusion would only serve to hinder the innovation and progress of this cutting-edge tool. I will continue to fight for policies that preserve and protect an open and democratic Internet."
States opposition to SOPA"After listening closely to the debate in the House Judiciary Committee and hearing from many constituents on both sides of the issue as well as the Obama administration, I have come to the determination that I am opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Although the goal of the proposed legislation -- protecting intellectual property from online piracy -- needs to be addressed, any such effort must not result in the infringement on the right to free speech or in the stifling of innovation. In its present form, SOPA (and its Senate version, PIPA) fails to meet that test, and I oppose it."
SOPA postponed“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products...The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution."
PIPA postponed“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act. There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs. We must take action to stop these illegal practices. We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio. I admire the work that Chairman Leahy has put into this bill. I encourage him to continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet. We made good progress through the discussions we’ve held in recent days, and I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise in the coming weeks.”
Withdraws co-sponsorship“It was always clear that the PROTECT I.P. Act needed to be perfected, and that legitimate concerns needed to be addressed before this bill could move forward. Given this and my constituents concerns, it was my intention to vote against cloture of this bill. With the majority leader’s decision to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act, I am withdrawing my co-sponsorship to await the resolution of the outstanding issues. However, I still believe that online theft is a serious issue, and that Congress does need to make certain that our laws adequately protect the interests of rights holders. When $58 billion in economic output is lost to the U.S. economy annually due to copyright theft of movies, music, packaged software and video games, and about one-quarter of all internet traffic is copyright infringing, there is a real problem that needs to be dealt with. I have complete faith that we will be able to work out a compromise in the future that addresses this problem, while still promoting free and open access to the internet.”
"I heard [constituents] concerns about the PIPA bill loud and clear"“On Tuesday evening, I reached out to my New Jersey constituents -- through Facebook and Twitter -- to tell them I heard their concerns about the PIPA bill loud and clear. I also said I wouldn’t support a bill that did not maintain the freedom and character of the internet. I communicated their real concerns to our Senate leadership, and because of these concerns, said I would not support or vote for this bill. I’m pleased the Senate has listened to the voices and concerns of our constituents and that there will not be a vote on the PIPA bill. I am confident that we can address the critical issues of internet piracy and counterfeit products -- both of which are hurting our economy -- in a way that doesn’t infringe on civil liberties and protects the free and open access to the internet.”
Reaction to the postponement of the vote on cloture“The United States Senate has identified a problem directly affecting American jobs, American workers and American consumers. When I first came to Congress, it was the practice of the Senate to debate competing ideas to address such a problem; regrettably, that is not the practice today... I remain committed to addressing this problem; I hope other members of Congress won’t simply stand on hollow promises to find a way to eliminate online theft by foreign rogue websites, and will instead work with me to send a bill to the President’s desk this year...I understand and respect Majority Leader Reid’s decision to seek consent to vitiate cloture on the motion to proceed to the PROTECT IP Act. But the day will come when the Senators who forced this move will look back and realize they made a knee-jerk reaction to a monumental problem. Somewhere in China today, in Russia today, and in many other countries that do not respect American intellectual property, criminals who do nothing but peddle in counterfeit products and stolen American content are smugly watching how the United States Senate decided it was not even worth debating how to stop the overseas criminals from draining our economy.”
Radio interviewSenator Menendez Discusses the Protect IP Act with Steve Scott on WCBS NewsRadio 880
Blog post defending PIPA
As someone who has worked hard to protect net neutrality, I understand as well as anyone the importance of keeping the Internet free from undue corporate influence. There are millions of Americans who rely on a free and open Internet to learn, communicate with friends and family, and do business.
At the same time, there are millions of Americans whose livelihoods rely on strong protections for intellectual property: middle-class workers — most of them union workers — in all 50 states, thousands of them here in Minnesota, working in a variety of industries from film production to publishing to software development.
If we don’t protect our intellectual property, international criminals — as well as legitimate businesses like payment processors and ad networks — will continue to profit dishonestly from the work these Americans are doing every day. And that puts these millions of jobs at serious risk.
That’s reason enough to act. But these criminals are also putting Minnesota families in danger by flooding our nation with counterfeit products — not just bootleg movies and software, but phony medications and knockoff equipment for first responders.
We cannot simply shrug off the threat of online piracy. We cannot do nothing.
I have supported the approach Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has taken in crafting legislation to respond to the threat of online piracy — and I appreciate his leadership on this important issue.
But I’ve also been listening carefully to the debate — and to the many Minnesotans who have told me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and good old fashioned phone calls that they are worried about what this bill would mean for the future of the Internet.
Frankly, there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there: If this bill really did some of the things people have heard it would do (like shutting down YouTube), I would never have supported it.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take seriously the concerns people have shared. And if holding off on this legislation gives us an opportunity to take a step back and try to bring everybody back to the table, I think it’s the right thing to do. This is a difficult issue, and also an important one. It’s worth getting this right.
I strongly believe that we need to protect intellectual property – and protect the free and open Internet. I think most people, even those who have expressed concern about this particular bill, agree. And it’s my hope that we can now build a stronger consensus around how to accomplish these two important goals.
"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."
"I oppose [SOPA] in its current form""I oppose H.R. 3261 (SOPA) in its current form. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have supported legislation that maintains the purity of the internet's free market character, its free flow of commerce, services and communication, while minimizing the threat of theft of intellectual and real property to American companies. "
"I believe that SOPA goes too far in limiting these freedoms"“There is no doubt that adapting copyright law to an ever changing digital environment is a necessary, yet daunting task, but one thing that has remained steadfast through time is our nation’s commitment to the freedom of expression. As it stands, I believe that HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA goes too far in limiting these freedoms while not going far enough in stopping the individuals who infringe on copyrighted material. I am opposed to this legislation and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to look for a more comprehensive approach.”
Letter to constituent: "Happy" that PIPA is stalled."I am happy that the Senate will not vote on this bill in the coming days. While illegal downloading of movies, TV shows and music is a serious issue, the solution can't be worse than the problem. Any efforts to strengthen the protection of copyrighted materials must be well planned, avoid unintended consequences, and must not stifle free speech or innovation. I will not vote for the PROTECT IP Act in its current form. I believe in the Constitution and free speech. Congress needs to go back to the drawing board to fix the problems with the bill. "
Letter to constituent stating opposition to SOPA"I have heard concerns about possible unintended consequences of the bill including lawsuits being filed against parties who were unknowingly providing counterfeit products through their website. You will be happy to know that I oppose this bill. However, most critics of this bill, including myself, believe it is important that our government protect against counterfeiting which hurts businesses, innovators, workers, and consumers. In recent years, counterfeiting has grown rapidly costing America hundreds of billions of dollars a year. But, I do not think the SOPA bill, as introduced, is the answer to this problem."
Letter to constituent: Decision to halt PIPA "was the right one""Over the last several weeks, I heard from many of my constituents who, like you, had severe concerns about the PROTECT IP legislation being considered in the Senate. I take those concerns very seriously, and I agree with you that we need to find a better way to address the very real problem of internet piracy — in a way that doesn’t do anything to damage our dynamic tech community or freedom of expression on the Internet. Senator Reid’s decision to pull a vote on PIPA from the Senate calendar was the right one and will allow Congress to work with stakeholders to craft a better solution that protects the American jobs threatened by illegal online piracy, and at the same time encourages the growth of New York’s vibrant and growing technology and Internet communities."
Statement against SOPA“SOPA gives broad new authority to the Department of Justice to target rogue sites, but legitimate American sites would also be affected. Subjecting these domestic job creators to unprecedented levels of new criminal liability will stifle innovation, create uncertainty in the technology industry, and stall our economic growth even further. I also believe it is a mistake to put Attorney General Eric Holder in charge of determining which websites are appropriate for American citizens and which are not, which is exactly what SOPA would do. The scope of this bill in its current form is overly broad and its consequences unclear.”
Statement against SOPA"While I believe Congress must take action to protect intellectual property from online piracy, I oppose SOPA as it is currently written because it provides overreaching government power and would have unintended consequences."
Statement against SOPA"I will not support SOPA. Online piracy is a serious problem and we must protect American intellectual property, but this bill goes too far. SOPA would adversely affect critical service providers like Wikipedia, eBay and PayPal, opening them up to civil and criminal prosecution. It would stifle the online creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship that have given us some of the greatest advances in information accessibility and commerce. Going forward, I am willing to consider any other bill regarding online piracy if it addresses those breaking the law and does not risk harming an open and free internet."
Announces withdrawal of co-sponsorship"Based on all the input so many of you have provided, I am removing my name from SOPA."
Letter to constituent"In an age of advancing technology, it is critical we have laws that protect internet users from unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent marketplace practices. Too many consumers today purchase goods over the internet that may pose a significant threat to their health and wellbeing...Additionally, illegal file sharing and unauthorized copying of digital material prevents musicians, producers, filmmakers, software designers, and many others from reaping the fruits of their labor. Such activity has the potential to stifle artistic creativity and compromise electronic innovation. Ultimately, intellectual property theft costs our economy billions of dollars and can result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs. However, I have also heard from individuals with concerns about the scope of this legislation, as well as its First Amendment implications. I take these concerns seriously. Should this legislation come before the full Senate for a vote, I will keep your views in mind."
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. "
Statement against SOPA as written"I will oppose SOPA/PIPA bcz CATO is correct:the bills create architecture for censorship & I hear 100% opposition from people contacting me."
Tweets victory over reported PIPA procedural setback"We dealt #PIPA a serious blow in the #Senate, thanks #Colorado for making your voices heard: http://politi.co/zEHEXj #SOPA"
States opposition to PIPA in its current form"I was not a co sponsor of PIPA. I cannot support it in its current form.I will post blog on my Tmblr later to explain. #PIPA"
Letter to constituent, in opposition to SOPA"In an effort to combat the growing trend of intellectual property violations in the United States, the federal government should enact strong laws and ensure that our law enforcement agencies have the tools and resources to combat intellectual property violations. Such violations include the illegal download of music, television programs, movies, books and purchase of knock-off goods or pharmaceuticals on the street or on the internet. However, it is critical that laws to prevent and prosecute piracy of intellectual property recognize the importance of protecting innovation, an individual's right to free speech and use of creative materials, and access to information. SOPA and PIPA go too far. Were either of these bills to become law as introduced, web sites that rely on user-generated content would be subject to onerous monitoring requirements, to the point that they would be forced to shutter vibrant online communities. Additionally, some of the more technical provisions in the legislation, as currently written, aimed at preventing access to "rogue sites" have already been circumvented by determined content pirates and hackers and therefore are neither effective nor enforceable. While intellectual property crimes, such as counterfeiting and piracy, have cost our economy billions of dollars, thousands of jobs and can threaten the health and well-being of consumers by exposing them to dangerous and defective products, I do not support SOPA or PIPA in their current form."
States opposition to SOPA"I oppose SOPA and believe the Judiciary Committee needs to go back to the drawing board and craft anti-piracy legislation that is tightly focused on lawbreaking Internet pirates without damaging the free and open Internet we all enjoy."
States opposition to SOPA“Like many Americans, I am troubled by the rise of rogue websites that are pirating copyrighted materials, but I do not believe the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is the answer to this problem. I cannot support this legislation as I believe it grants the federal government far too much power to control and censor content on the Internet. I fear giving the Justice Department the ability to block access to websites without a court hearing or a trial represents a dangerous encroachment on the right to free speech. Going forward, I believe Congress and the Administration should work together in a bipartisan manner to formulate legislation that prevents Internet piracy without limiting freedom of expression and endangering the growth of online business.”
Statement on PIPA: "This is a healthy debate"“I am a strong supporter of protecting intellectual property rights, which is vital to the American economy. Online piracy is a direct threat to the competing principles of copyright protection and web freedom. I hope that the two sides will realize their shared interests and come together to help fix this problem. This is a healthy debate, and the opposition to PIPA and SOPA have raised some legitimate questions. If we can make this bill better, let’s do it.”
Letter to constituent, in opposition to SOPA as it's "currently drafted""There is agreement among all involved that online piracy is a problem that has to be addressed. However, as SOPA is currently drafted, I would not be able to support this legislation. In order to successfully combat online piracy, an effort must include all those involved, from internet service providers and search engines to content providers. Until some broader agreement can be reached among interested parties, I do not believe the House will advance this piece of legislation."
SOPA should be "thrown out"“After carefully studying this legislation, and hearing directly from many of my constituents about it, I believe that the Stop Online Piracy Act should be thrown out. We need to start over, with new legislation that fights back against online piracy while still preserving the freedom and flexibility of the internet. This is a critically important issue, and we need to make sure that we get it right. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that all sides of this argument are considered, and that the final legislation is a balanced approach to this complex issue.”
Tweet"#SOPA is wrong bill to protect IP. Can’t risk strangling innovation & free speech. As drafted, will vote NO."
Tweet"Had a great meeting tonight re: #SOPA. After many talks I will oppose SOPA legislation."
Statement against SOPA/PIPA"Thanks for all of the comments. As I said, you've brought up some valid concerns. To be clear -- I would not vote for Protect IP or SOPA. I want all sides to come to a common-sense agreement that protects against piracy but doesn't harm our economic growth."
SOPA is "overly broad and will likely result in more harm than good."I have consistently advocated for a free and open internet. While I understand that copyright infringement and the trafficking of counterfeit and illegal goods are serious issues that need to be addressed in order to protect content creators, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) creates an enforcement authority that is overbroad and threatens the free and open structure of the Internet. I am opposed to this legislation in its current form."
Statement on "legitimate concerns" about SOPA“Protecting intellectual property is vital to preserving our nation’s leadership in innovation, but legitimate concerns have been raised about some of the unintended consequences of SOPA. Having listened carefully to these concerns, I believe that both sides of this critically important issue should now work together in good faith to find a way forward, so we can effectively fight online piracy, which costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars a year and destroys thousands of American jobs.”
Statement against SOPA in an email to a constituent"Thank you for contacting me in opposition to H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). You will be pleased to know that I am opposed to this legislation, and would vote against it if it came to the House floor in its current form. ...Online piracy is a serious threat that needs to be addressed, but I believe SOPA takes too large a step without adequate consideration for its First Amendment implications. I believe intellectual property and unfettered access to content online are not mutually exclusive. Please be assured that I will continue working to find a solution that helps assure intellectual property created in this country is not stolen, and at the same time allows people to have unrestricted access to their favorite websites."
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."
Statement against SOPA in its current form"It’s clear that online piracy legislation in its current form is not workable. It’s time to scrap the bill and start over. I will continue to work with my colleagues to find the best possible solution to ensure the constitutionally guaranteed property rights of our nation’s innovators are protected."
Has "serious concerns" about SOPA"While online piracy is a big issue that we have to address, I have serious concerns about #SOPA and am not supporting the legislation"
Will not vote for PIPA"Thanks for your comments. I will not vote for #PIPA. We need a common-sense agreement that fights piracy without harming economic growth."
States "concerns" about SOPA"I have concerns with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), as it currently stands. Intellectual property theft and online piracy are wrong, but the current language of the bill is very broad and could have many unintended consequences for American innovators and job creators. Congress needs to work with the tech and user communities to find a responsible solution to protect against intellectual property theft without infringing on innovation."
Statement on SOPA/PIPA"I believe that we must engage in efforts to combat piracy in order to protect the intellectual property of American entrepreneurs, inventors, and authors. Throughout the debate, I have adhered to the following key principles:
Provide law enforcement and job creators with the tools they need to protect
American intellectual property from counterfeiting and piracy
Protect American investment and jobs
Include safeguards to maintain the security and integrity of the Internet
Ensure that individual liberties, including the right to free speech, are protected
"I Oppose The Protect IP Act as Written""The Protect IP Act represents a threat to free-speech on the internet and could stifle innovation and economic growth in an industry that employs and directly affects millions of Americans. I agree with the need to address piracy online and protect intellectual property, but I am opposed to the overarching regulations contained in this bill. I hope we can address these concerns in a meaningful way, but limiting the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and stifling innovation is not the way to go about it. "
Video responseYouTube description: "On January 19, 2012, Congressman Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) read a letter from Colleen in Portsmouth, NH regarding her opposition to SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). Congressman Guinta responded to her letter via video echoing her concerns and voicing his opposition to SOPA as well."
Email from staffer"While I believe that intellectual property rights should be respected, I oppose H.R. 3261 because it lacks sufficient protections to keep the internet an open forum for the free exchange of ideas."
Facebook statement"Yesterday my offices received an extraordinary amount of calls and emails from constituents concerned with the SOPA bill. I have listened to these concerns, and if taken up for a vote on the House floor I would oppose SOPA in its current form."
Subject of Omaha World-Herald article, "Terry to remove name from bill"The Omaha World-Herald reports that Rep. Lee Terry will withdraw his co-sponsorship of SOPA after "waves of negative sentiment toward the bill from free speech and civil rights groups"
States opposition to SOPA"Okay, so this Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) being marked up in the House Judiciary Committee is getting more than a little attention, particularly online. In case you're wondering, I'm opposed to SOPA. I'm concerned that it will stifle free speech. Click "like" if you agree."
States opposition to SOPA“While I have great concerns about the proliferation of online piracy and copyright infringement, SOPA is the wrong response from the US Congress...SOPA would be overly burdensome on free speech and would stifle the creative energy that drives the internet. Congress needs to support innovation and job creation – not limit it.”
States opposition to SOPA"Thank God twitter isn't blocked today so I can tell you that I refuse to vote for #SOPA. #uncensored #StopSOPA"
States opposition to SOPA"Affirming my continued OPPOSITION to #SOPA & #PIPA on @DennisDMZ show: http://bit.ly/xxt8Pb #gop #tcot #TM12"
States opposition to SOPA"Folks have contacted me with concerns/questions over SOPA legislation & as the bill is currently written, I cannot support it. I will continue to monitor this legislation closely."
States opposition to SOPA"I do not support SOPA (H.R. 3261). I believe we need to protect American intellectual property, but this bill causes more harm by undermining the fundamental freedoms and functions of the Internet."
States opposition to SOPA"SOPA gives big corps power to censor and stifle competition and innovation--the very values at the core of the Internet. There are better ways to fight piracy and I strongly oppose this legislation."
States opposition to SOPA“I strongly oppose SOPA, even though I remain concerned about the significant problem of online piracy. Over 800 Iowans have already contacted me expressing their opposition to SOPA, telling me it threatens free speech online. I agree. America’s great strength has always been innovation built on the open exchange of ideas. Every new idea is built on the shoulders of those that preceded it. Limiting the free exchange of information online would stifle technological progress and put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with other nations. That’s the wrong move for American innovation and advancement.”
States opposition to SOPA"@AZ_Passion Thanks for you comment on SOPA & PIPA I'm with you and oppose these pieces of legislation."
States opposition to SOPA“While I believe that the intellectual property rights of American companies deserve substantial protection under the law, S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, is not the answer to the problem of online counterfeiting and piracy. I share the concerns of America’s technology companies, industry leaders, and the many citizens who have voiced their concerns to my office. It is clear to me that this bill will inflict too heavy a burden on third-party non-infringing entities and could do serious harm to one of the last vestiges that is relatively free from government regulation, the Internet. When addressing intellectual property rights, Congress must be careful to also protect the freedom of speech and flow of information that the Internet provides. Additionally, I have concerns with creating yet another private right of action, which will be used by plaintiffs to stifle Internet innovation, and with requirements in the bill that could negatively impact the Internet’s reliability and performance.”
States opposition to SOPA"I oppose SOPA and will not vote for it. This legislation has moved beyond protecting legitimate intellectual property rights and is now headed down a path that would let companies decide what you get to view online. Let me know your thoughts here or @standwithraul on Twitter."
States opposition to SOPA"In February, the House of Representatives will resume work on #SOPA. I will vote against it and encourage my colleagues to do the same."
States opposition to SOPA"SOPA may have the best of intentions to protect property rights and copyrighted materials from illegal use, but the possible restriction of free speech and burdensome regulations on the activities of legitimate websites, many of which are small businesses, force me to oppose the bill."
States opposition to SOPA"While we need to confront copyright infringement and online piracy, SOPA and PIPA legislation preempts due process of law. These are the wrong bills to accomplish this task, leaving too much room for interpretation. This is yet another example of big government overreach."
States opposition to SOPA“I am not a co-sponsor of this bill, and do not support the legislation because it fails to maintain the freedom of expression provided by the Constitution and infringes on our liberties.”
States opposition to SOPA"I believe copyright infringement and piracy should be prosecuted to the full extent that the law affords, but I have deep concerns about the effects of SOPA and therefore cannot support it in its current form."
States opposition to SOPA"Innovation and entrepreneurship are critical to the strength of our economy. That is why I have opposed, and continue to oppose SOPA. This bill goes too far in limiting free speech and innovation and could harm our economic recovery. Internet communication has become an important part of our democracy and I will continue to protect this right."
States opposition to SOPA"PIPA legislation raises serious concerns about our civil liberties. That’s why next week I plan to oppose the current #PIPA bill."
States opposition to SOPA"I oppose #SOPA because it risks access to a free & open internet. Protecting intellectual property cannot come at the cost of free speech."
States opposition to SOPA"I oppose #SOPA. It is written too broadly and could have an adverse affect on free speech and internet innovation."
States opposition to SOPA"As a person with copyrighted works, I remain concerned about the protection of creative works. Despite this, I strongly oppose SOPA as it stands. I have heard from many of the people I represent who are worried about their right to free speech on the internet, and I agree with their concerns. Freedom of speech is one of the rights we cherish the most in the United States. Any law that would threaten that fundamental right is flawed and must not be allowed to move forward. Our economic power has always been based on innovation and the free flow of ideas. The thinkers and creators in our country have always showed remarkable ingenuity, and stopping the stream of information on the internet would put the United States at an international disadvantage. We must remain committed to American advancement that comes from the freedoms we hold most dear. This is what will continue our progress and keep us competitive in the global market."
States opposition to SOPA“I do not support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Protecting the intellectual property of American businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs is critical to our economic prosperity. But in a digital age, that task has become far more complex. That’s why any new laws governing the web must strike a careful balance, preserve the full innovative potential of the internet, and ensure that legitimate online services aren’t subject to unnecessary burdens. Unfortunately, the current version of SOPA does not strike that balance. My hope is that both sides will work toward a better solution to protect American innovators from digital theft without the unintended consequences feared by many in the online community.”
States opposition to SOPA“Online piracy is a legitimate threat to American jobs as well American consumers who knowingly or unknowing participate in it. However, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), while well intentioned, are not the solution to the issue of piracy...The precedent that would be set by these bills creates undue regulation, the potential for abuse of our legal system, and treads on the slippery slope of censorship. It is the right of every American to be compensated and receive payment for their efforts, whether they are artists, manufacturers, or any other type of business. While the protection of intellectual property in any form is a necessary function of government, these bills do not solve the problem of privacy, do not fully address the issue, and are not supported by the American public or the majority of stake holders in this issue. Simply put, these measures add unnecessary regulators to the federal bureaucracy and in the long-run, don’t solve the problem."
States opposition to SOPA"As a strong supporter of the 1st Amendment and innovation, Rep. Manzullo is extremely concerned that the current language in the SOPA and PIPA bills would allow possible infringement of free speech, and he opposes both H.R. 3261 (Stop Online Piracy Act) and S. 968 (Protect IP Act)."
States opposition to SOPA"I do not support the current proposals in either the House (SOPA) or Senate (PIPA) aimed at stopping online piracy. Protecting ideas, products, and intellectual property of all kinds on the Internet is important. Protecting the free exchange of ideas is also very important. There are a number of efforts underway to try to find a way to accomplish both goals, but doing so will require major revisions to the bills that have been introduced."
States opposition to SOPA"I stand with New Mexicans in opposing SOPA - the Stop Online Piracy Act. We need to prevent the theft of intellectual property, but SOPA could have unintended consequences that would increase cybersecurity risk and inhibit American innovation."
States opposition to SOPA"I support and respect Intellectual Property rights, #SOPA and #PIPA are fundamentally flawed bills, which I do not support."
States opposition to SOPA"I oppose #SOPA. We must protect innovation without weakening free expression on the Internet."
States opposition to SOPA/PIPA"I support intellectual property rights, but I oppose SOPA and PIPA because they are misguided bills that will cause more harm than good. The Internet is a shining example of a successful market. It is a showcase of vibrant innovation, competition, and individual empowerment, and Congress must take great care with any legislation that could affect its fundamental operations. In seeking to protect intellectual property rights, we must ensure that we do not undermine free speech, threaten economic growth, or impose burdensome regulations."
States opposition to SOPA/PIPA"We're getting a bunch of questions this morning about the 'Stop Online Piracy Act.' I wanted to let you know that I oppose the bill."
States opposition to SOPA/PIPA"I remain opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act. We need a free and open Internet. SOPA will have unintended consequences against the high tech industry in our district, and place undue burdens on our small internet businesses. Congress must continue to work with merchants, content providers, and Internet Service Providers to strike the right balance."
Withdraws co-sponsorship for PIPA"Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we've heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet."
Withdraws co-sponsorship for PIPA"That’s why I will not only vote against moving the bill forward next week but also remove my cosponsorship of the bill. #utpol #tcot #PIPA"
Promises to not vote for SOPA"#SOPA would make the internet less secure, less competitive, and -- worst of all -- less free. It will not have my vote."
Reiterates opposition to SOPA“I have been and remain opposed to the SOPA and PIPA legislation currently under consideration in Congress because I believe it threatens legitimate online commerce which has been one of the few areas of growth in our economy and the freedom of speech on the internet which has become so central to life in the modern world and must be defended. I am pleased that House leadership has indicated that this legislation will not be considered until major changes are made which will stop online piracy of intellectual property and protects American jobs while also ensuring the protection of freedom of speech on the internet.”
Reiterates opposition to SOPA"I oppose #SOPA. Keep the internet open."
Statement (undecided)"It is clear that the original version of PIPA raises serious concerns. Substantial changes must be made to the legislation that will ensure the free and open nature of the Internet."
Statement (undecided)"Sen. Collins shares legitimate concerns that PIPA needs significant revision, says current bill does not strike balance between internet freedom, First Amendment concerns, and protecting American jobs."
Statement (undecided)"I have heard from hundreds of Hawaii residents concerned that the current drafts of SOPA and PIPA could lead to censorship, and I share your concerns. Amendments to the Senate bill are currently under discussion and I intend to carefully review the proposed changes before casting my votes next week. I continue to support protections for intellectual property and I am hopeful we can strike a balance that clearly protects against censorship and ensures the security and stability of the Internet."
Press release“SOPA and PIPA are well-intentioned proposals that attempt to address online piracy concerns; however, in their current form the legislation goes too far. The proposals can present damaging ramifications to free speech, global cybersecurity and Internet functionality. At this time, I do not support SOPA and PIPA in their current form, and I hope further committee hearings will be held to resolve these concerns.
Press release"Like many of my constituents, I share concerns on several key provisions that were included in the original SOPA text. For this reason, I fought against the DNS blocking authority and voted to remove this part of the bill during the Judiciary Committee markup. The White House later announced its opposition to this provision and Chairman Lamar Smith announced that it would be removed when the markup resumes in February. SOPA is far from finalized and still has 30 amendments under consideration that would drastically alter the language of the bill and its effect on open access to the internet. I encourage my constituents to continue to stay in touch with us with their thoughts as Congress considers this issue."
Statement opposing SOPA“There’s no question that we need to crack down on websites in places like China that infringe U.S. copyrights and hurt our businesses. But it must be done in a way that doesn’t shutdown legitimate websites, violate people’s rights and censor the internet. I oppose this bill and encourage congressional leaders to listen to the legitimate concerns raised by the many Americans who have spoken out against it.”
Statement opposing SOPA"It is worthy to protect intellectual property - but not at the cost of free speech. I oppose SOPA or any bill abridging freedom of speech."
Statement opposing SOPA"online piracy is a real issue but we must maintain a free & open internet #opposeSOPA #endpiracynotliberty"
Statement opposing SOPA"You've probably already noticed that many websites have gone dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act. I wanted you to know that I oppose this legislation. There’s no question that online piracy is a serious problem, and we must fix our current laws to better protect the rights of intellectual property holders. But I believe that, in its current form, SOPA is not the answer. The bill has many problems including the potential to harm free speech on the Internet by censoring lawful websites, which will stifle innovation and growth in our technology sector. The President has raised similar concerns with this legislation, and I support his call for compromise. Both sides of this debate must come together and write legislation that will address the problem of copyright infringement. But my bottom line is that the Internet must remain free, open and uncensored."
Statement opposing SOPA"There is no argument that existing laws meant to protect American jobs and consumers from illegal Internet activities are outdated and insufficient, but SOPA threatens our society's right to freedom of speech, information and due process. When writing new laws for the Internet we must be extremely cautious in how we balance promoting legitimate commerce while protecting the Internet's greater function, the free and global exchange of ideas. I welcome the upcoming discussions on how to best protect millions of American jobs while ensuring that any such efforts do not infringe upon our basic rights and the functioning of the Internet."
Statement opposing SOPA"I oppose #SOPA--it would disrupt the structural integrity of the internet, a core component of our telecommunications infrastructure"..."understand the need to protect IP but not prudent to give government new legal authority violating innocent Americans' civil liberties #SOPA"
Statement opposing SOPA“Though intellectual property protection is critical, the policies proposed by the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are troubling. There is great concern among technology professionals and Internet users that these measures, if enacted, would place unacceptable limitations on the accessibility of online information and content, impose undue burdens on small and innovative websites and applications, and would not be the most effective way to curtail overseas illegal piracy and theft of intellectual property."
Statement opposing SOPA"I’ve gotten a lot of calls from people today urging me to oppose SOPA (or PIPA, as the Senate companion bill is called). I do oppose the bill as it’s currently written. Additionally, my understanding is that enough of my colleagues agree with my position that the bill isn’t going to come to the House floor for a vote. This, in my opinion, is an important lesson in how the legislative process is supposed to work. Before a piece of legislation is voted on and passed into law, there ought to be serious consideration and due diligence. Experts in the field should be consulted and, more importantly, American citizens should have a chance to read and react to the legislation. Too often in recent years, bills were passed through Congress without hearings, without real debate, and without input from the American people. Happily, that didn’t happen with SOPA. Although SOPA was offered with good intentions, as it is drafted, it has serious flaws. Given the time for careful consideration, those flaws came to light- before the bill was passed."
Joins anti-SOPA Internet blackoutRep. Blumenauer's website joined the "black out" for an hour: "Today I am joining the millions of Americans who are standing with the world’s most innovative websites against the proposed censorship of PIPA and SOPA,” Blumenauer said. “This misguided, overly-broad legislation would curb the innovation of the small start-up companies thriving in Oregon, while stifling the free flow of information that is one of the fundamental principles of both the Internet and our great nation."
Email from stafferEmails from Sarah Haley, press secretary for Sen. Sessions: "Your website states that Senator Sessions supports S.968, the Protect IP Act. However, your information is incorrect, as he has not yet taken a position on the bill. You may be interested to know that he, along with Sens. Grassley, Hatch, Cornyn, Coburn and Lee, sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid asking that consideration of the bill be delayed until all relevant concerns are addressed."
"...And just to clarify, Senator Sessions does not support moving to the bill as drafted at this time."
Editors note: Sen. Sessions was initially marked as a supporter of PIPA because of his previous sponsorship of COICA. Based on his letter to Senate Majority Harry Reid urging a delay to voting on PIPA, he will be considered by our methodology to be "leaning no."
Tweets opposition to SOPA/PIPA"Thanks for all the calls, emails, and tweets. I will be opposing #SOPA and #PIPA. We can't endanger an open internet."
Withdraws sponsorship of PIPA
Over the past few weeks, the chorus of concerns over Congressional efforts to address online piracy has intensified. I can say, with all honesty, that the feedback I received from Arkansans has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the Senate bill (S.968, the PROTECT IP Act) in its current form. That is why I am announcing today that I intend to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act.
I will have my name removed as a co-sponsor of the bill and plan to vote against it if Majority Leader Reid brings it to the floor in its current form.
The PROTECT IP Act seeks to address an issue that is of vital importance to the future of intellectual property rights in the modern era. However, the concerns regarding the unintended consequences of this particular bill are legitimate. Therefore, we should not rush to pass this bill, rather we should be working to find another solution so that the epidemic of online piracy is addressed in a manner that ensures innovation and free speech is protected. I have confidence that we can do this, but not as the PROTECT IP Act stands today.
Statement opposing PIPA"Freedom of speech is an inalienable right granted to each and every American, and the Internet has become the primary tool with which we utilize this right. The Internet empowers Americans to learn, create, innovate, and express their views. While we should protect American intellectual property, consumer safety and human rights, we should do so in a manner that specifically targets criminal activity. This extreme measure stifles First Amendment rights and Internet innovation. I stand with those who stand for freedom and oppose PROTECT IP, S.968, in its current form."
Statement vowing to vote against SOPA"Thank you all for the many calls today to #StopSOPA! I want you to know that I oppose #SOPA & will vote against it #p2"
Statement opposing SOPA in its current form"Given the widespread coverage the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has received, I want to let you know that I oppose it in its current form."
Statement opposing SOPA in its current form
"I do not believe it is the responsibility of Internet service providers to become the police of the Internet. Nor should they be charged with the responsibility to shut down access to pirate websites. Consequently, I am opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in its current form. I do not believe that it is the intent of supporters of this legislation to promote Internet censorship. However, the bill as written will have a chilling effect on Internet expression. We must maintain due process under the law and continue advancing policies that promote Internet commerce, innovation, and free expression."
"The theft of billions of dollars of intellectual property by foreign piracy websites is a very real threat that must be addressed. When intellectual property rights are infringed, or stolen outright, it hurts our ability to compete in world markets and threatens jobs here at home. We must address this very real concern, but do so without undermining the foundation of an open Internet."
"The Internet has played an important role in fueling remarkable innovation and the free flow of ideas and expression throughout the world. I remain hopeful that all sides are able to come together and craft a solution that balances the rights of copyright holders with our commitment to a free and open Internet."
Statement opposing SOPA in its current form"I am opposed to the proposed SOPA bill. I believe that intellectual property must be protected, but not at the expense of the open internet. At its best government is an engaged and responsive instrument of our common purpose, so I have been greatly encouraged by the success advocates have had making their voices heard. Today's 'black-out' campaigns by Google, Wikipedia and other major websites echo the voices of the many constituents I've heard from in phone calls, emails and on social media expressing their opposition to this proposal."
Statement opposing SOPA in its current form"Thanks for your calls and emails this morning. I am opposed to #SOPA. In its current form, the bill goes too far."
Statement opposing SOPA in its current form"While I am concerned about online piracy, SOPA in its current form is far too close to internet censorship, something I strongly oppose."
Statement opposing SOPA in its current form"To everyone who has been speaking up and speaking out -- I do not support #SOPA in its current form."
Statement opposing SOPA and PIPA"The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are two bills dealing with internet piracy and the toll it is taking on American jobs and content creators. Unfortunately, the way these bills are currently written does not ensure an open and free internet and that is not something I can support. American entrepreneurialism is vitally important to the economy and is something I believe we must protect by ensuring that ideas and content created here cannot be pirated through rogue websites based in places such as China. To do so we should bring representatives from all parties concerned to the table to address all of the major issues which have been presented; with an open and free internet being the central tenet to this debate."
Withdraws co-sponsorship of PIPA"Based on my background as a sheriff, the Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly referred to as SOPA, was brought to me as a law enforcement bill. At its core, the bill's intent to eliminate theft by foreign websites protects the intellectual property of American manufacturers of all spheres. However, the possible unintended consequences, such as stifling innovation and limiting free speech on the Internet, have come to the forefront of debate. An open Internet requires that we find a better approach that is acceptable to all sides. Therefore, I am today withdrawing as a cosponsor of this bill and will work to find a solution that protects both the openness and innovation of the Internet as well as intellectual property."
Facebook post on SOPA (Neutral)"Thanks for the posts and comments regarding SOPA. Please keep sending your thoughts! I too have concerns about the bill in its current form. I don’t support piracy and I won’t vote for any bill that violates our right to free speech."
Facebook post on SOPA (Neutral)"SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) has had doubts cast upon it in recent days by elected officials, the White House, and concerned Americans across the country, including many who contacted my office. I have heard your concerns. While I strongly believe we must curb the online piracy of music and movies to protect entertainment jobs in California and elsewhere, I also believe we must maintain a free and open internet that protects innovation and the right to free speech. Your input and attention will be critical in the coming weeks as Congress debates what to do next. What is your opinion of SOPA in its current form, and what do you think is the right way maintain a free and open internet and address online piracy?"
States opposition to "atrocious" SOPA bill"Wikipedia, Craigslist and others are dark today to bring attention to the atrocious SOPA bill that will take away freedom on the internet. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about SOPA which permits corporations and the government to censor the internet. "
Refers to SOPA as "Internet censorship"“Intellectual property is an important form of property that should be protected from Internet piracy, but these bills are not the way to go,” said Matheson. “It’s wrong to pass bills that could censor information on the Internet—stifling innovation and interfering with the livelihood of businesses on the Internet. This is a complicated issue, and Congress should obtain much more stakeholder involvement as it addresses the issue.”
States opposition to PIPA"I Oppose PIPA...Online piracy needs to be addressed, but the current form of the bill isn’t the proper way to do it."
States that he "absolutely" opposes SOPA"Todd absolutely OPPOSES #SOPA and will vote NO. Copyrights must be protected, but not at this cost. Open internet and free speech! #MOSen"
Statement from communications directorTrevor Kincaid, McCaskill communications director: "As I'm sure you're aware, the provisions of this legislation are in flux. Claire wants to make sure we can catch the frauds and cheats, she also has real concerns about limiting the freedom of the internet. She's heard from constituents on both sides and is tracking the process -- hoping to see provisions finalized in a way that recognizes both needs. My concern right now, as I'm sure is yours, is making certain that when people contact our office to share their views they are doing so with the right information. Something that is currently being prohibited by the status on your website."
Editor's note: McCaskill's position was labeled as "supporter" because of her co-sponsorship of PIPA's precursor, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. It has been changed to "Undecided" now that we have a statement from her office regarding her deliberations on PIPA.
Statement opposing current form of SOPA"I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to contact me about SOPA. Addressing online copyright infringement-which some studies say accounts for almost 24% of all online activity-is critical, but without serious changes I’m not convinced SOPA effectively solves the issue and am concerned about the implications it would have for online innovation."
Statement opposing current form of PIPA“Texans have soundly rejected the ‘pass now, learn later’ approach that we saw with Obamacare, and the potential impact of this legislation is too far-reaching to ram it through Congress in such an abrupt way. Stealing content is theft, plain and simple, but concerns about the internet and free speech necessitate a more thoughtful, deliberative process.”
Tweets statement"For those who are interested in the debate over SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), I have not cosponsored the bill...On SOPA, we need to create new tools to fight piracy without creating a chilling effect on internet entrepreneurs and web developers."
Quoted in the New York TimesFrom the Times: Rep. Smith said opposition Web sites were spreading “fear rather than fact.”...“When the opposition is based upon misinformation, I have confidence in the facts and confidence that the facts will ultimately prevail."
Interviewed by the Lincoln Journal StarSen. Johanns said he wouldn't support PIPA, according to Journal Star.
Interviewed by the Lincoln Journal StarThe Journal Star reports: "Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., both expressed the need to curb piracy, but they didn't take a stance on the legislation."
Announces withdrawal of co-sponsorship"While I believed the bill still needed much work, I cosponsored the Senate version of the Protect IP Act because I support the original intent of this bill – to protect against the piracy of lawful content. Upon passage of this bill through committee, Senate Judiciary Republicans strongly stated that there were substantive issues in this legislation that had to be addressed before it moved forward. I agree with that sentiment. But unfortunately, Senate Leader Harry Reid is pushing forward with legislation that is deeply flawed and still needs much work. That is why I’m withdrawing my co-sponsorship for the Protect IP Act. The right to free speech is one of the most basic foundations that makes our nation great, and I strongly oppose sanctioning Americans’ right to free speech in any medium – including over the internet. I continue to believe that we can come to a solution that will cut off the revenue sources for foreign websites dedicated to counterfeiting and piracy that steal American jobs, hurt the economy, and harm consumers. But the Protect IP Act is flawed as it stands today, and I cannot support it moving forward."
Announces withdrawal of co-sponsorship"America’s innovators and consumers need to be protected from the very real problem of online piracy. However, the overwhelming input I’ve received from New Hampshire citizens makes it clear there are many legitimate concerns that deserve further consideration before Congress moves forward on this legislation."
Quoted in Times-Picayune (before changing positions later in the day)“American entrepreneurs’ intellectual property is highly valuable and must be adequately protected, particularly today on the Internet.”
Quoted in Times-Picayune (before changing positions later in the day)“Every year Internet piracy costs the United States billions in earnings and compromises the jobs of millions of American workers...I understand that this bill is a work in progress, and I plan to work closely with all interested parties to ensure that the effect of this legislation on individual rights does not outweigh the overall benefit of combating the theft of intellectual property.”
Retracts support for PIPA"I won’t be supporting the Protect IP Act (PIPA or SOPA as it's called in the House of Representatives) because, though I've been pushing hard on both internet freedom and national security concerns, they still haven't been fully addressed. It's a real mistake to press forward with a flawed bill now. It will only endanger ever properly dealing with the very real problem of internet piracy."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"One of the driving forces behind the U.S. economy is its ability to protect the property rights of its citizens. Unfortunately, many foreign nations fail to respect those same rights overseas. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) may be a well-intentioned tool to protect intellectual property, but I oppose it in its current form. The Internet has seen an explosion of innovation and growth in large part because it has been void of the heavy hand of the federal government. While I share the goals of protecting the freedom of the Internet and defending the rights of intellectual property owners, I have concerns that SOPA could lead to too much government intervention and control."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"I appreciate the thousands of comments, emails and phone calls today on SOPA. Like my constituents, I also have significant concerns that this legislation, as currently written, limits our First Amendment right to free speech on the Internet. I do believe Congress should address legislation to protect intellectual property rights, BUT must be mindful that the bills intended to protect honest American innovators are not doing more harm than good."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"Thanks for your posts about SOPA. I do not support this bill as currently proposed. While copyright infringement is a legitimate concern, free speech is one of our most cherished rights and this bill doesn't do enough to protect it."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"Internet piracy, domestically and abroad, must be addressed. But HR 3261 (SOPA), as written, runs counter to the fundamental rights we all hold as Americans. It is unwise and unfair. I plan on voting against it as currently drafted, although GOP leadership is now indicating they will not bring it to the floor for a vote."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"I oppose H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), as it currently stands. Intellectual property theft and online piracy are wrong, but the current language of SOPA is too broad and could have many unintended consequences for American innovators and job creators. Congress needs to work with the tech community to come up with a reasonable and responsible way to protect intellectual property without stifling innovation or economic growth. H.R. 3261 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and currently awaits further legislative action. I will continue to listen to your thoughts and concerns on the SOPA and PIPA legislation."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"I am opposed to H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), in its current form. While we must crack down on foreign websites’ piracy of copyrighted material, we must be careful to do so in a way that neither curtails due process for Americans nor treads on free speech. In these areas, I feel that SOPA risks overreach. The bill should be re-written or amended to focus more narrowly on specific criminal activity without granting expansive new cyber-police powers that could threaten the freedom and dynamic character of the internet."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"Piracy of goods and intellectual property hurts America's economy. Many solutions to this problem have been proposed in Congress, including SOPA, which is currently under consideration in the House Judiciary Committee. However, SOPA’s potential for unintended consequences, should it be enacted in its current form, are extremely concerning. I am primarily concerned about the bill’s potential impact on consumers’ ability to access an open and free Internet, including lawful domestic websites. I oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as it is currently drafted. I hope that as the legislative process continues, the important concerns of all parties can be addressed in a way that protects both property rights and the freedom of the Internet."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"While I remain committed to preventing the theft of intellectual property, I do not believe that SOPA and PIPA in their current forms are the appropriate responses to the growing threat of piracy. My constituents should rest assured that I currently oppose both SOPA and PIPA and would vote ‘no’ on these bills as they are written today. As always, I appreciate feedback from my constituents on this matter.""
States opposition to SOPA in its current form“I do not support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in its current form. I am a strong advocate for protecting intellectual property rights, but I also believe we must protect our small and innovative businesses from unnecessary and potentially devastating burdens. I encourage all sides to come together to develop legislation that protects intellectual property while also preserving the innovative and valuable foundations of the internet.”
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"I oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) because it presents a serious threat to Internet freedom and our Constitutional rights. If it comes before the House in its current form I will vote against it. Internet piracy is a serious problem. It robs American companies and innovators of their intellectual property, and it destroys American jobs. That said, the threats SOPA poses to Internet freedom and free speech as well as the serious questions regarding its effectiveness in combating Internet piracy are too great for me to support SOPA. I believe there is a way to protect intellectual property while still protecting Internet freedom, but SOPA is not it."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form“Most Americans agree online piracy is a serious matter and steps must be taken to prevent the illegal distribution of intellectual property. While intellectual property is currently protected on domestic websites by federal law, online piracy has found a safe haven on foreign sites that exploit American artists, innovators and entrepreneurs...However, I am concerned SOPA – as introduced - is not the proper approach to addressing this growing problem. Instead, Congress must work to fight online piracy in a manner that guarantees individual rights are respected and promoted, and innovation is not hindered. While I am not prepared to support SOPA at this time, I believe the greater exposure it has recently received in the public and in Washington will help generate a necessary dialogue about the need to combat the illegal activity of online piracy.”
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"It is my opinion that the SOPA bill, as currently drafted, is overly broad and could discourage continued investment and innovation in broadband -- ultimately harming consumers and costing high-tech jobs."
States opposition to SOPA in its current form"Appreciate all calls, emails, tweets from #MiddleGeorgia about #SOPA – In it's current form, I would vote NO if it came up for a vote"
Announces co-sponsorship of OPEN Act"I oppose #SOPA in its current form and have signed on as an original co-sponsor of the #OPEN Act. Check out http://www.KeepTheWebOpen.com."
States opposition to SOPA in current form"Thanks for all the tweets on #SOPA. I do not support the bill in its current form. We can respect copyrights w/o restricting speech."
States opposition to SOPA in current form"We must fight intellectual property & theft while protecting Americans’ freedoms & access to info. I oppose #SOPA in its current form."
States opposition to SOPA in current form"SOPA is currently being discussed in the House Committee on the Judiciary. I am not a member of that committee, so I am not actively working on the legislation. That does not mean, however, that I do not have an opinion on the matter. I do not support the flow of money to foreign websites that traffic in pirated videos, music, software, and other intellectual property. Intellectual property needs to be protected. Millions of American jobs rely on clearly written and enforceable IP laws. However, we must not threaten free speech or stifle innovation in our efforts to combat online piracy. I believe strongly in the 1st Amendment and all of the rights it secures for every American. We must address the issue of online piracy, but do so in a way that leaves the least room for unintended consequences in its interpretation. It is a delicate balance, but one we must achieve if we are going to move forward on this issue. That is the key as I see it. Therefore, I do not support SOPA in its current form and I am waiting to see what the final product will be when it comes before the full House for a vote. If I believe it infringes on the 1st Amendment I won’t support it."
States opposition to SOPA in current form"CANNOT & SHOULD NOT limit free speech. #SOPA should be carefully reworked to address legitimate serious issues #SouthJersey residents raised"
States opposition to SOPA in current form"I believe that H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), is unworkable in its current form. The internet is a vital tool for innovation, creativity and economic growth for individuals and communities. I believe that it is critical we put in place an online regulatory framework that ensures the relationship between online consumers and industry is fair and equitable -- all the while ensuring we do not unintentionally stifle the ingenuity and openness that has enabled the internet and online commerce to thrive. However, online piracy is a real problem and internet commerce should not be a mechanism for abusive business practices, violations of individual privacy rights or copyright infringement. To that end, I strongly believe intellectual property and privacy laws should apply to all forms of commerce. SOPA would authorize the Department of Justice or a copyright or trademark holder to seek a court order blocking a rogue site committing or facilitating online piracy. It would also require online service providers, Internet search engines, payment network providers and Internet advertising services to carry out certain preventative measures including withholding services or blocking access to infringing sites. In particular, I believe the legislation, as written, is overly broad and could place unintended limits on free speech and threaten legitimate web sites. As this legislation proceeds, it will be critical that we settle on a policy that strikes the right balance between the protection of online intellectual property and the promotion of an open and free internet."
Reaffirms support for PIPAAs reported by CT News Junkie
Quoted in CT News Junkie article“My current expectation is that passage this year is unlikely.”
Statement against SOPA"If enacted, SOPA would overturn laws relating to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbor provision, and would allow any government or corporation to block a website, remove it from a search engine, and/or cut it off from payment processors or advertisers, due to a simple allegation that the site posted infringing content, or accusation that the site contained links to infringing content. As a result, sites like Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube could be required to monitor for any "banned" links, resulting in delegated proactive censorship of the Web, not to mention significant additional operating costs. These sites and others that rely almost entirely on user-generated content would struggle to stay afloat under these rules, and the internet – engine of innovation that we now know – would be irreparably changed for the worse."
Statement against SOPA"Thanks for the calls. I do not support #SOPA as written."
Statement against SOPA"Thank you for the tweets regarding #SOPA, don’t support piracy but I agree #SOPA not a good option and don’t support it in its current form"
Statement against SOPA"I add my loud voice to those opposed to #SOPA! We don't need SOPA...we need FREEDOM!"
Statement against SOPA“The uncertainty created by the flaws in SOPA will hurt innovation and kill jobs at a time when we strongly need new, creative startups. As proposed, SOPA has the potential to cause security threats and the bill is too vague to effectively combat piracy. I will continue to work to find ways that protect both intellectual and physical property rights, but not at the price of free speech and one of our greatest sources of growth and innovation: free internet.”
Statement against SOPA"It's time for Congress to do the right thing and defeat SOPA & PIPA. We must protect the internet from big brother. #StopSOPA"
Statement against SOPA“Yet today, in the halls of Congress, some are pushing misguided legislation that could crush the internet with gratuitous regulations, stifle it with censorship, and open the door for rampant legal abuse, all under the guise of stopping online piracy. Copyright infringements and online piracy are legitimate issues that should and can be addressed, but we need to do it without fundamentally destroying the internet as we know it. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form, will vigorously fight any efforts to advance it and will vote against it if it comes to the floor of the House.”
Statement against SOPA“While I certainly oppose online piracy, I cannot support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). I have long believed that the Internet must remain open to protect access to information and our right to free speech. An open Internet is essential to the technical innovation on which our nation thrives.”
Statement against SOPA"I oppose #SOPA because we can protect the rights of creators without stifling freedom on the Internet."
Statement against SOPA“In its current form, I do not support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as there is legitimate concern that this bill has the potential to limit access to the Internet and to expand the government’s overarching reach on another facet of daily life. I’ve always said the government typically has two responses for how it deals with issues: Do nothing at all or overact. SOPA is an example of the latter. Intellectual property should be protected and the sale of counterfeit goods needs a solid crackdown, however, this legislation goes too far and gives faceless bureaucrats too much authority.”
Statement against SOPA"I oppose SOPA because it threatens personal privacy, imposes unnecessary costs on Internet providers, and undermines open access to information on the web."
Statement against SOPA"While protecting intellectual property and guarding against online piracy is important, we need to find a better way to do so than this bill. Congress should not stifle the legitimate and legal use of the internet and the freedom and innovation it fosters. "
Statement against SOPA"While online piracy is a very real problem, and one that certainly needs to be addressed, it is equally important to maintain Americans’ right to an open internet; therefore I am opposing SOPA."
Statement against SOPA“I’ve had a number of inquiries about the 'Stop Online Piracy Act' and I want to be clear: I oppose it. There is no doubt that online piracy is real and it harms our economy and American workers. However, I am concerned that SOPA could result in all sorts of unintended consequences that threaten a dynamic global internet. We must take care to ensure that the ‘cure,’ SOPA, is not worse than the ‘problem.’”
Statement against SOPA"I oppose the “Stop Online Piracy Act.” While I am concerned about Intellectual Property and, as outlined in our Constitution, we need a way to protect our authors and inventors, I believe there are other ways to protect their creative work rather than regulating the Internet. The Internet has helped democratize knowledge and I want to keep the government out of it."
Statement against SOPA"I am a strong advocate for a free and open Internet, where citizens retain freedom of choice while viewing legal and safe content online. Although the authors of the recently introduced Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) aim to control piracy online, I am opposed to SOPA because the legislation would enforce Internet censorship, in direct violation of the First Amendment. SOPA would allow the government to be able to force search engines, social networking sites, and internet service providers to block access to certain websites. It would also make the unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony, with a possible penalty of up to five years in prison. While the intent of SOPA may be well-meaning, the provisions will stifle technological innovation, hinder startup companies from being competitive, and infringe on our constitutionally protected rights. I oppose SOPA because it would unnecessarily restrict our nation’s free and open Internet."
Statement against SOPA/PIPA“I believe [PIPA/SOPA] is an overreach on the part of the federal government. While I understand there are some legitimate concerns regarding intellectual property that this legislation attempts to address, the powers are too broad and are susceptible to abuse by the politically motivated. If and when this comes to the House, I will oppose it.”
Statement against SOPA/PIPA"Put me down for NO. The current #SOPA and #PIPA bills could destroy online entrepreneurship and innovation."
Statement against SOPA/PIPA"Piracy of intellectual property is a legitimate concern that should be addressed. However, the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Internet Piracy Act are flawed, and I cannot support them in their current form. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues on this issue and finding a better legislative approach for tackling online piracy."
Statement against SOPA/PIPA"Web piracy is a real problem but we must protect free speech on the Internet, visit my website for info. Stop #SOPA and #PIPA."
Statement against SOPA in its current form"I am very concerned about restricting free speech & harming the openness & innovation of the internet. I am opposed to #SOPA in current form"
Statement against SOPA in its current form"The Internet is a vibrant marketplace today because it has operated largely without government interference. I recognize the great damage done to American businesses and entrepreneurs by rogue sites and criminals who use the Internet to profit off the theft of American intellectual property. At the same time I know the free market operates best when policymakers and government agencies take a back seat, and when rules and regulations are narrowly written and carefully balanced."
Statement against SOPA in its current form"I appreciate the thoughts on SOPA-I have concerns about the bill & I don't support SOPA in its current form."
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."
Statement against SOPA in its current form"I wanted to let you know that I do not support the current version of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The bill is being rewritten and I'll wait to see if it corrects the flaws in the current version."
Announces the withdrawal of his co-sponsorship"I am committed to stopping online piracy, and will be removing my name from SOPA while I work to ensure that the freedom of the internet is preserved."
Announces the withdrawal of his co-sponsorship“I welcome input on SOPA from all sides and have heard from many constituents loud and clear. I was hopeful we could revise SOPA to address the concerns raised, but that now looks improbable, if not impossible. While many claims being made in opposition to SOPA are addressed through proposed amendments and changes to the bill, my constituents have made it clear to me that they still oppose SOPA. I pledged to take a second look at SOPA, and I did just that. I also said that I would not support a bill unless my constituents are comfortable with it. And I won’t. Recently, I have spoken with a number of constituents in person in Conway, Little Rock and around the District, and via Twitter and Facebook. In addition, I have received over 800 emails and over 250 telephone calls. I considered every constituent opinion expressed. In this case, I am convinced that there has to be a better vehicle to protect American intellectual property than SOPA. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for SOPA and remove my name as a co-sponsor."
Statement against SOPA and PIPA"I support strong efforts to curb piracy and protect intellectual property, but SOPA and PIPA create unacceptable threats to free speech and free access to the internet. Online piracy is a serious problem that costs U.S. businesses billions of dollars. Government agencies must be empowered to stop and prosecute intellectual property thieves. But in doing so we cannot undermine freedom of speech or jeopardize the free flow of information on the internet."
Statement against PIPA"While I commend the ongoing efforts to prevent online piracy, I am concerned that the Protect IP Act (PIPA) has too many unanswered questions and could lead to many unintended consequences. We need a solution that will protect intellectual property without restricting American’s rights to an open Internet. I believe we can do better, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to find a solution."
Statement against SOPA / PIPA"The Government should not be in the business of censoring speech. The Federal Government has no right to censor the internet."
Statement explaining co-sponsorship of PIPA“I believe that online theft is a serious issue, and that Congress does need to make certain that the law adequately protects the interests of rights holders. Not only do we need to be concerned about intellectual property, such as movies and books, but also items such as counterfeit toothpaste or mouthwash from China that pose serious safety issues to all Americans. Because of this, I am a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act. I have listened to the concerns of many Georgians and I agree that these concerns must be addressed. Congress should avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences. However, as a co-sponsor I am in a better position legislatively to voice my concerns, and craft legislation that addresses Internet piracy while still protecting free and open access to the Internet.”
Statement (Neutral)"I appreciate your comments about SOPA and PIPA. Online piracy of American intellectual property by foreign websites is a serious problem – a problem that needs addressing. I share some of your concerns with this bill and am looking forward to working with my colleagues to craft a meaningful bill that protects American ingenuity without infringing upon the rights of American citizens."
Statement (Neutral)"Thanks everyone for your messages and input on the PROTECT IP Act. Online piracy is a serious issue with a real world impact on American businesses and jobs. But a free and open Internet must also be protected and some of the concerns with this bill are legitimate. We must strike a balance on this issue that allows innovation on the web to go unhindered and entrepreneurial ideas to flourish, without counterfeit products and illegally obtained materials hurting American companies."
Statement against PIPA in its current form“It’s critical we protect the intellectual property rights of our businesses and fight online infringement, but at the same time, we can’t do harm to the internet, the Constitution, or the ability of businesses to grow and innovate. Internet piracy is illegal, and we need to find a way that works for all sides. The current Protect IP Act needs more due diligence, analysis, and substantial changes. As it stands right now, I can’t support the bill moving forward next week.”
Tweet"I believe #SOPA is dead. I will not support #SOPA if this headlong rush continues. As a true free marketer, I want IP protected correctly"
Tweet"Protecting IP is vital for jobs & econ in WA, but I have real concerns with #SOPA & #PIPA as currently drafted. Changes should be made. -PM"
Tweet"When is the government intrusion ever going to stop? I am opposed to #SOPA"
Tweet"I’m NO on #PIPA and #SOPA. Patents must be protected but we can achieve that goal w/o more Internet regulation or worse, govt censorship."
Tweet"We must ensure that efforts 2 stop online piracy & protect American IP don't censor/hinder innovative, job-creating power of Internet #SOPA"
Statement against SOPA as written"No one questions that online piracy and counterfeiting are real problems with detrimental impacts to rightsholders, their employees, consumers, and the U.S. economy. However, I have serious concerns that the Stop Online Piracy Act goes too far in undermining the critical freedoms and functions of the Internet in the name of stopping this illegal activity and I am opposed to the bill as it is written...As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over issues of telecommunications and technology, I understand and appreciate the dynamic nature of the Internet that has enabled it to become a platform for a democratic exchange of ideas and an engine of economic growth. I am pleased that the proponents of anti-piracy legislation have recently acknowledged concerns over the potential threats to Internet security, and hope that the conversation can continue to move forward to consensus legislation that properly balances the need for law enforcement with the fundamental liberties of a free society."
Statement against SOPA as written"I understand concerns regarding Internet security, free speech, and innovation. I believe that Congress must pursue a course that maintains a balance between the free flow of information across the Internet and protections needed for individuals that publicize their intellectual property. I will continue to with work my colleagues in Congress to improve intellectual property law. We must ensure that these rights are protected on the Internet and that we have a regulatory system that punishes infringing activities. However, the way SOPA is drafted, it put undue onus on domestic, lawful websites. Rather than combating piracy it only sets rules that will instead limit innovation and access. Rather than attacking offenders and pirates, this legislation instead unfairly targets lawful websites as a means to an end. Because of this, I do not support the Stop Online Piracy Act in its current form, as is fails to protect basic rights of consumers and creators."
Statement against SOPA as written"The Internet is a powerful tool that has changed the way we communicate. As with every powerful tool, it has the potential for good and bad. As your federal representative, I will continue to work to ensure that our community has both access to the Internet and the security tools needed to safeguard our communities, especially children, from inappropriate and unsuitable material. Any legislation that aims to curtail online piracy and enhance security must take a balanced and fine-tuned approach. The current version of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, does not take a balanced approach. For that reason, I cannot support SOPA and will oppose it in its current form."
Reiterates opposition to PIPA“Protection of private property rights is an essential foundation of our nation’s free market economy. Online piracy poses a significant threat to the intellectual property rights of American innovators, and much of that threat comes from foreign websites that are currently unaccountable to the rule of law. I am committed to making certain that these infringing pirate sites are not able to continue stealing our country’s intellectual property without consequence. While I am sympathetic to the basic objectives of the PROTECT IP Act, I have consistently expressed concern that several of its provisions would threaten Internet security, stifle the free flow of online information, and unduly burden third parties. As a result, I declined to cosponsor this legislation and have worked from the beginning to make critical changes to the bill to resolve these concerns. Unless and until such revisions are made, I will continue to oppose the bill. Rather than rush to vote on such deeply flawed legislation, the Senate should carefully discuss and debate how best to protect American intellectual property, preserve Internet security, and promote the free exchange of ideas. I hope and expect that Leaders Reid and McConnell will ensure that we have ample opportunity to explore the issue and attempt to resolve these concerns before the Senate holds a vote.”
Reiterates opposition of SOPA "as currently written""I oppose SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) as currently written. We need to do more to ensure that this legislation protects intellectual property but does not threaten the vitality of the Internet, expose companies to new liabilities or infringe upon Americans’ First Amendment rights."
Quoted in Reuters article"I don't think it is going anywhere...There is real confusion about it, number one, but number two, there are real concerns about whether or not it would it would shutdown the ability of entrepreneurs, new businesses and the like to utilize the Internet for their purposes."
Quoted in Reuters article"It's pretty clear to many of us that there is a lack of consensus at this point."
Statement against SOPA In response to a constituent's phone callRep. Grimm's office said that he does not support SOPA as it's currently written.
SOPA is "government intrusion""When is the government intrusion ever going to stop? I am opposed to #SOPA"
Will "carefully review" bill and constituents before voting"I appreciate everyone’s feedback on this issue. As you may know, the House Judiciary Committee is continuing to work on SOPA to address concerns that there are insufficient internet protections to stop illegal theft of American products and intellectual property from movies to music to companies’ product formulas. Therefore, should a final bill reach the House floor for a vote, I will, as I always do, carefully review the bill’s language and consider the views expressed by the people who live, work and own a business in my district. I am hopeful that any bill ultimately sent to the full House will balance 1- the need to stop individuals and foreign nations from brazenly stealing American ideas and products, while 2- protecting the Constitutional rights of every American. In the meantime, please feel free to contact our Washington office with specific questions or concerns about the legislation or ways you believe the legislation can be improved.”
Responds to tweets re: SOPA"Thanks #SOPA comments. Need to make a few things clear. I do not get to vote on this bill until/unless it comes to full House 4 a vote."..."My constituents have made it clear they want Congress to read bills before voting on them."..."I will read the bill and consider your comments before deciding how to vote on #SOPA or any legislation that comes to House floor."
Considers bills "too deeply flawed" to continue, according to Burlington Free PressFrom the Burlington Free Press: "Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., the state’s lone House member, said the anti-piracy measures were too deeply flawed to proceed in their current form. Changing the proposals will be for the best, they said."
States non-support of SOPA/PIPA"I have received many calls on SOPA and PIPA - bills that seek to address online piracy and counterfeiting. While I believe that foreign infringing activity is a substantial problem, I also believe that any solution must vigilantly preserve an open and vibrant global Internet. That is why I am currently not a cosponsor of SOPA (PIPA is the Senate version of SOPA). Your calls and posts have resonated on Capitol Hill – a consensus must be reached among all interested parties on this issue and I appreciate your input. Currently there is no vote scheduled in the House on SOPA, the Senate is debating and voting on PIPA next week."
Statement on SOPA in an email to a constituent"There are a number of legislative proposals being considered by Congress aimed at dealing with the problem of online piracy from foreign websites – including the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA. I believe that Congress should examine this problem and consider actions to prevent online piracy. We must also take great care, however, to ensure that efforts to stop foreign online piracy and protect American intellectual property do not hinder the innovative, job-creating power of the Internet, nor risk censorship on the Internet. I want to know what you think. Leave your comments here."
Plans to vote against SOPA"I am opposed to both internet bills (SOPA and PIPA) and I plan to vote against them if they reach the House floor."
Letter to constituent"I understand that this bill is opposed by Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, and U.S. Public Interest Group because these groups are 'worried the bill could close off online exchanges that provide lower prices for consumers; reduce online security, and allow for anti-consumer practices by online service providers.'...As of now, the Committee markup has gone on for a few days, and so we do not know what the final version of the bill is going to look like and whether it will pass the Committee...I do not serve on the Judiciary Committee, but you can be assured that I will remember your concerns about the bill should it be reported to the full House of Representatives for debate."
Opposes SOPA "as it is currently drafted"“After careful review of the proposed legislation and reflecting on the concerns expressed to me by Rhode Islanders, I have decided to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act as it is currently drafted. Although I am deeply concerned that online piracy is a serious issue confronting American businesses and intellectual property owners, as currently written, SOPA unduly burdens constitutional rights of freedom of speech and due process, poses significant threats to the Internet remaining open, safe and secure, and could stifle future innovation that would be counterproductive to future growth and development of our nation. I spoke to Congressman Berman, one of the cosponsors today, and understand that substantial revisions of the proposed bill are likely, and I will, of course, continue to pay close attention to any new versions of this bill."
"Stop SOPA because it threatens free speech and online liberty"“I have received an overwhelming number of comments from my constituents on this legislation and they have said one thing loud and clear: stop SOPA because it threatens free speech and online liberty. I couldn’t agree with them more. While I understand and remain concerned about the significant challenges posed by online piracy, I believe the provisions contained in bills currently under consideration in the House and Senate would stifle innovation and job growth. This is particularly troubling in the 21st Congressional District of New York, an area where small businesses, startups and even large companies have made our region home to the country’s third fastest growing tech jobs hub in the country. As written, SOPA represents a step toward an internet where the U.S. government has the power to determine what is seen or not seen on search engines or URL’s. These unintended consequences would limit the free exchange of ideas online and stifle progress and innovation. America’s strength has always been her ability to out-build, out-innovate and out-compete other nations in a free and open exchange of ideas. We should not put that freedom at jeopardy.”
SOPA "process is ongoing""I want you to know I hear all of your concerns about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill. Creating legislation is a collaborative process, and for SOPA, this process is ongoing. I’m working with both sides, including tech companies like Google, to come up with a bill that is fair, reasonable, and protects both American businesses and consumers. Please know I value your feedback, and will keep your concerns in mind as we continue to refine SOPA."
"The Internet should remain open""Thanks to all from Arizona's 5th who have voiced their concerns over SOPA and PIPA. I oppose this legislation and believe the Internet should remain open."
Quoted in CivilBeat.comHanabusa told Civil Beat that she does not support SOPA in its current form. But she also still believes in finding a legislative approach to prevent "counterfeiting on foreign websites." The key is finding a solution that doesn't lead to "the slippery slope of government intrusion," she said.
Hanabusa spokeswoman: "This is by far the most constituent correspondence we have received on one issue since being in office."
Quoted in CivilBeat.com“I have heard from hundreds of Hawaii residents concerned that the current drafts of SOPA and PIPA could lead to censorship, and I share their concerns," Sen. Akaka wrote to Civil Beat. Akaka's office also said that it received 240 phone calls about SOPA/PIPA, with only 1 call in support.
Quoted in CivilBeat.comIn an email to Civil Beat, Rep. Hirono wrote: "Like with other markets such as financial services, food, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods...Congress’ responsibility is to make sure there are fair, transparent rules of the road that protect businesses and consumers alike."
Reiterates opposition to SOPA in tweet"@HylianHedgehog already opposing SOPA."
Quoted in Radio Iowa: "Senator Grassley says internet sharing bills may need tweaking."“If everybody takes the position that stealing of copyrights, trademarks are wrong or that theft just generally is wrong and we start from the premise of what can we do to stop the stealing, then I think we can meet a friendly consensus on this issue and get the job done.”
States "severe reservations" about SOPA"Although well intentioned, many have raised legitimate concerns regarding the legislation and believe the manner in which SOPA attempts to achieve its goals of stopping the theft of intellectual property from foreign-based websites is unworkable and includes many unintended and dangerous consequences. I am writing today to inform you that I have severe reservations with the legislation in its current form. ...One of the main issues regarding SOPA, is it would force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to websites that have been accused of facilitating copyright infringement. Blocking access will likely slow down internet connectivity, while eroding the necessary trust the system needs. It would also set a dangerous precedent of allowing our government - and others - to filter domains. Fortunately, all sides have signaled this provision should be dropped. "
Announces SOPA markup is expected to resume in February.“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February...I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property."
Letter to constituent"You will be pleased to know that I also have serious concerns with SOPA. While we must take aggressive steps to combat illegal sharing and downloading, SOPA could censor legal Internet activity and hinder economic growth and innovation.
Letter to constituent"The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act of 2011? (S. 968) would give law enforcement additional tools to combat the illegal online sale of counterfeit or copyright infringing goods. Specifically, this bill would give the Attorney General the power to serve issued court orders on search engines, payment processors, advertising networks, and Internet service providers. It would allow suit against site operators, but would not allow law enforcement to block access to a site. This bill would also require plaintiffs to sue the owner or registrant of a domain name before bringing suit against a site itself."
States opposition to SOPA/PIPA"Have you seen my stance on SOPA and PIPA? I’m going to vote no, the Internet is too important to our economy, and the legislation as it stands provides too much room for misinterpretation."
Quoted in POLITICO: "In Calif., divide is north vs. south"“Plainly, the industries that our constituents work in are very important to us, and it’s a question of jobs.”
Quoted in POLITICO: "In Calif., divide is north vs. south"“The bills as currently constructed, with overbroad definitions, will do much more harm than good, hurting the very people they are supposed to protect.”
Quoted in POLITICO: "In Calif., divide is north vs. south"“It is incumbent on the parties that are concerned by the current proposal to offer changes that would effectively deal with piracy.”
States intention to co-sponsor OPEN ActAccording to POLITICO, Rep. Speier intends to co-sponsor Rep. Issa's alternative to SOPA.
Referred to in POLITICO, "In Calif., divide is north vs. south"According to POLITICO, Rep. Lewis "said he wants to see what happens" with SOPA in committee markup.
Quoted in POLITICO, "In Calif., divide is north vs. south"“This is a time when we ought to fall back and rethink and take the time to get it right.”
States that SOPA should be scrapped“Online piracy is a serious problem that must be addressed, but doing so should not muzzle free speech, stifle innovation or harm cybersecurity. SOPA as it exists today fails that standard, and it should be scrapped entirely. An axe instead of a scalpel, this bill would unacceptably and fundamentally change the architecture of the internet. The Judiciary Committee should start from scratch and craft a solution that ensures due process from a public entity that resolves infringement issues."
Statement (undecided)"I believe that we need to address online piracy of intellectual property. This is an important jobs issue. Recently, several Coloradans have raised valid concerns about potential unintended consequences that could result from the Protect IP Act as it is currently written and that could compromise our economic growth. Because of the complexity and technical nature of this issue, we should come to an agreement that protects against online piracy but that avoids these consequences before we move forward."
States opposition to SOPA"I’ve heard from many of you about the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA). We need to do something about online piracy, but this bill is not the right way to do it."
States that "critical changes" will be made to PIPA"To New Jersey constituents: I hear your concerns regarding the Protect IP Act (PIPA) loud and clear. I am working to ensure critical changes are made to the bill. Please know I am fully committed to ensuring that any bill that passes the Senate will maintain the freedom of the internet as well as protect intellectual property."
SOPA does "too much harm to innovation and speech.""Internet piracy is an issue that should be dealt with, but I oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act because it does too much harm to innovation and speech."
CivilBeat.com - DC808: "Hanabusa Seeks SOPA Alternatives"An update to the DC808's blog post states: An earlier version of this post said that Hanabusa “believes SOPA goes too far.” A spokesman for the congresswoman tells DC808 that it’s more accurate to say that Hanabusa believes it “may go too far.”
Report by the Roanoke Times"Rep. Morgan Griffith said he's not yet taken a position on SOPA. His office has received many emails on the bill, about 12-to-1 against it, but Griffith said he will wait to see what emerges from the Judiciary Committee before deciding how to vote."
Interview on Meet the Press"I think this needs to be a winner for everyone, not just for the content people...So we need to work on this. And I hope we'll have a manager's amendment when we get back here."
Postpones technical hearing on DNS blocking issue"Earlier tonight, Chairman Smith announced that he will remove the DNS blocking provision from his legislation. Although SOPA, despite the removal of this provision, is still a fundamentally flawed bill, I have decided that postponing the scheduled hearing on DNS blocking with technical experts is the best course of action at this time. Right now, the focus of protecting the Internet needs to be on the Senate where Majority Leader Reid has announced his intention to try to move similar legislation in less than two weeks."
Press release opposing PIPA"Three significant parts of PIPA particularly concern me: (1) the provision requiring Domain Name Service blocking (which could make it more difficult to implement cyber-security measures), (2) the censorship of Internet search results by the government, and (3) the fact that it encourages lawsuits by private parties – in addition to government enforcement. Coloradans and the high-tech community also have raised related concerns about an overbroad definition of affected websites (sweeping in legitimate companies as well as foreign rogue website operators), unfunded mandates, and legal risk and uncertainty – not only for lawful websites but for consumers. It's no wonder that Coloradans are contacting my office in increasing numbers – voicing their objections to PIPA."
Press release“PIPA is narrowly tailored legislation that does differ from the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA); however, there are real concerns still to be addressed. For example, I was very pleased to hear that Senator Leahy has proposed further study of the potential impact on how ISPs respond to rogue websites, putting those provisions on hold...As the remaining portions of PIPA progress, I will continue to seek out meaningful amendments and alternative proposals to address the bill’s current flaws. Since I am no longer a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, remaining a cosponsor of the bill provides me the opportunity to be an active participant in the process of addressing the most serious concerns raised by my constituents. I would not vote for final passage of PIPA, as currently written, on the Senate floor.”
Co-signed letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging a delay in cloture vote."Since the mark-up, we have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and other stakeholders with vocal about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation, including breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights. Moreover, in light of potential cybersecurity implications, we believe hearing from the Administration and relevant agencies is imperative. As always, our current fiscal crisis demands we carefully consider legislation that would cost taxpayers up to $43 million according to the Congressional Budget Office. These are serious issues that must be considered in an deliberative and responsible manner. This underscores the need to resolve as many outstanding concerns as possible prior to proceeding to floor consideration."
Interview with the Wayne IndependentIn response to the question "Do you support Protect IP?": "There is a version in the Senate that I am unlikely to support."
Announces that DNS blocking will be removed from SOPA"After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision. We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers."
Letter to constituent"SOPA is an effort to get at the very real problem of rogue Web sites - most operating from overseas - offering illicit downloads of movies, music and more. However, before we enact this legislation, we need to make sure we minimize collateral damage to law-abiding consumers and content providers."
Letter to constituent"In the Senate, this legislation would fall under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee. While I am not a member of that Committee, I want to assure you that I will be following the progress of this bill and will keep your views in mind if this or related legislation comes before the full Senate for consideration."
Letter to constituent"I have heard from constituents on every side of this issue who are concerned about Internet freedom and intellectual property rights. This issue is very important and extremely complex. There are several bills under consideration by Congress that address online intellectual property protections, but none have my support at this time...Congress must act to protect online intellectual property. Illegal content cannot be allowed to proliferate unchallenged on the Internet. However, I will oppose well-intentioned but poorly conceived legislation that threatens personal privacy, imposes unnecessary costs on Internet providers, and undermines open access to information on the web. Be assured I will keep your views in mind as debate on this issue continues."
Letter to constituent"The bill does not violate First Amendment rights to free speech because copyright piracy is not speech. America’s copyright industry is an important economic engine, and I believe copyright owners should be able to prevent their works from being illegally duplicated and stolen. The protection of intellectual property is particularly vital to California’s thriving film, music, and high-technology industries. I understand you have concerns about the 'PROTECT IP Act.' While I voted in favor of this bill when it was before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have also been working with California high-technology businesses to improve the bill and to address the concerns of high-tech businesses, public interest groups and others. I recognize the bill needs further changes to prevent it from imposing undue burdens on legitimate businesses and activities, and I will be working to make the improvements, either by working with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) or through amendments on the Senate floor."
Promotional campaign for OPEN ActHolds series of panels at the Consumer Electronics Show to promote the OPEN Act alternative.
Letter to Riot Games CEO"I'm particularly concerned that SOPA might stifle the kind of innovation that brings us games we love, such as [League of Legends]. The bill makes it far too easy for angry competitors to sue good law abiding companies out of existence."
Announcement of Oversight Committee hearing on SOPA"An open Internet is crucial to American job creation, government operations, and the daily routines of Americans from all walks of life...The public deserves a full discussion about the consequences of changing the way Americans access information and communicate on the Internet today."
Press release clarifying position"When the bill went through the Judiciary Committee (on which I sit), I made clear that, if it reached the floor it in its current form, I could not support it. PIPA is a moving target at this point because some of the bill's supporters, recognizing that many Americans are concerned with some of its provisions, are considering making adjustments to alleviate those concerns. My staff and I are working with the bill's sponsors to encourage them to make the necessary changes. Unless those changes are made, I will vote against PIPA."
Joins opposition to SOPA"The internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way. While H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, attempts to address a legitimate problem, I believe it creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form and will oppose the legislation should it come before the full House."
Letter to constituent"American businesses lose billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs to online piracy and sales of counterfeit goods over the Internet. In many cases, websites that offer illegal counterfeit products cannot be shut down under U.S. law because they are owned and operated by foreign entities, or their domain names are registered outside the U.S...After a similar version of this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, in the 111th Congress, concerns were raised about Internet freedom. The PROTECT IP Act contains changes to address these concerns, including a narrower definition of an Internet site "dedicated to infringing activities." In addition, the PROTECT IP Act now targets only foreign based websites that we cannot otherwise prevent from illegally offering copyrighted content and goods in the United States."
Statement to POLITICO in opposition to SOPA“[SOPA] would interfere with efforts to increase transparency and security online by allowing U.S. companies to actively seek to shut down other companies’ websites, without court order or government involvement..."
Boilerplate letter to constituent"As you may know, the Stop Online Piracy Act was introduced in the House by Congressman Lamar Smith on October 26, 2011. The bill would authorize the Attorney General to seek a court order against a U.S. directed foreign Internet site committing or facilitating online piracy to require the owner, operator, or domain name registrant, or the site or domain name itself if such persons are unable to be found, to cease and desist further activities constituting specified intellectual property offenses under the federal criminal code including criminal copyright infringement, unauthorized fixation and trafficking of sound recordings or videos of live musical performances, the recording of exhibited motion pictures, or trafficking in counterfeit labels, goods, or services. H.R.3261 has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary for further debate and consideration. While I do not have the pleasure of serving on this particular committee, I will keep your views in mind should it appear before the entire House for a vote."
Reaffirms support for SOPA“Congressman Larson believes that something must be done because under current law, many of these websites are beyond reprimand from the U.S. judiciary system simply because they operate offshore, outside the jurisdiction of our law enforcement agencies," Larson's spokesperson wrote to CT NEws Junkie.
States opposition to SOPA"SOPA grants the federal government and Atty. Gen. Eric Holder vast new powers to blacklist entire foreign websites that are accused of containing even one instance of copyright-infringing materials. Search engines would be prohibited from linking to any portion of that domain. We must protect copyright, but this bill represents a major step toward Internet censorship. It has the potential for tremendous abuse, and the extraordinary requirements it imposes will stifle the free flow of knowledge and information. Together, we will fight it."
Letter to Politico"Perhaps [critics] don’t want to be held accountable for directing consumers to illegal websites...[Google] recently paid $500 million to settle a criminal case because of the company’s active promotion of foreign rogue pharmacies that sold counterfeit and illegal drugs to U.S. patients. Their opposition to this legislation is self-serving since they profit from doing business with rogue sites that steal and sell America’s intellectual property."
Campaign rally in Des Moines"There's an attack on the Internet right now...They're opening up the doors to know everything you do and to measure everything you do to protect you from yourself. Let me tell you, governments can't protect you from yourself. And they don't need to be taking over the Internet either."
Joins support of OPEN ActRep. Issa announced that Rep. Farenthoid supports the OPEN Act. The OPEN Act is a proposed alternative to SOPA/PIPA that would have the International Trade Commission (instead of the Justice Department) deal with foreign "rogue sites."
Press release“I’ve long said that IP infringement is a problem that needs to be addressed, but these other bills tread deeply into online censorship and blacklisting in order to protect intellectual property. There is a better way."
Press release"Few issues before Congress today are as well supported on both sides of the political aisle as the PROTECT IP Act, and boast the broad support that this legislation has received. As we continue to look for ways to bolster the economy and get Americans back to work, we can ill-afford to save the debate on how to counter online infringement for another day."
Cosponsors the OPEN Act S.2029The 'Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act' is proposed as an alternative to PIPA.
Statement to Senate session"Therefore, I will be working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle over the next month to explain the basis for this widespread concern, and I intend, Madam President, to follow through on a commitment that I made more than a year ago to filibuster this bill when the Senate returns in January."
Introduces the OPEN Act S.2029The 'Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act' is proposed as an alternative to PIPA.
Statement during House Judiciary committee markup of SOPA"At the heart of my concern is that there are some deep-seated cybersecurity concerns that have been expressed by a number of experts, people who are deeply involved in the technology and the development of the Internet."
States opposition to SOPADuring Thursday's House Judiciary Committee meeting, Rep. Sensenbrenner outlined his opposition to SOPA, citing constitutional, cybersecurity, and effectiveness issues.
Letter to constituent Christopher Bryant"We must protect American jobs from piracy, which has become rampant on the Internet. We don’t tolerate shoplifters in stores and we should not tolerate them online. The PROTECT IP Act would authorize only the Attorney General to seek a court order to block foreign websites whose primary purpose is to sell or distribute pirated goods. Right now, a company has no way to enforce its rights if it finds that its products are being pirated or counterfeited on a website hosted overseas. The PROTECT IP Act gives the Attorney General (and not private companies) jurisdiction over foreign websites."
Tweet"We should have A hearing with nerds to testify what #sopa would do to DNSSEC #open That is reasonable and needed"
Statement during House Judiciary committee markup of SOPA"I am certainly opposed to copyright infringement, and for those of you who remember the late Chairman Henry Hyde, we began to work on those issues even then. The question is, of course, how this legislation will impact the enhancement of jobs or the denial of jobs, and certainly I am concerned about all of those who are tied to the industries of intellectual genius, such as the media and movie industry, and clearly we do not want to enhance the loss of jobs. But there are sufficient loopholes here that would allow innocent sites to be shut down, thereby a loss of jobs. Have we answered the question dealing with national security? And as well are we recognizing the value of the First Amendment?"
Statement during House Judiciary committee markup of SOPA"There is nothing in this legislation, in any interpretation of this legislation, that would permit the stifling of academic thought."
Statement during House Judiciary committee markup of SOPA"The bill in Congress now, critics say, goes much too far...The Internet’s potential … could be crippled...[The bill] could... turn out to be the executioner of the Internet’s real promise.' With all the strident and unfounded claims that have been made about H.R. 3261, the 'Stop Online Piracy Act,' one can be forgiven for thinking those words were written about [SOPA]. But those words were published 15 years ago. And the bill that critics targeted for defeat was the measure that eventually was signed into law as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or the DMCA."
Quoted by SCPR: Debate over Internet piracy bill SOPA rages in the House"And there was the reading of the bill that was demanded by some members which is highly unusual and really unnecessary, too. So it seems like the tactics by the opponents is to keep this going on as long as possible."
Petition on dontcensorthenet.com"The House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act kill jobs, regulate the Internet, and give the Federal government and Hollywood movie studios the right to censor and shut down websites -- including social media like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube."
Quoted by HuffPo: Senator Floats Alternative to Internet Blacklisting Bills“My top priority is to keep PIPA from going to the floor of the United States Senate...Right now, the International Trade Commission has authority over hard goods. We’d like digital-good imports addressed.”
Quoted by HuffPo: Senator Floats Alternative to Internet Blacklisting Bills"I don't believe that they [Silicon Valley and Hollywood] are [opposed]. I thought we had reconciled the issues. The bill's been passed out of committee."
Quoted by HuffPo: Senator Floats Alternative to Internet Blacklisting Bills"I've been trying to gauge the concerns"
Quoted by HuffPo: Senator Floats Alternative to Internet Blacklisting Bills"In my experience there's usually only one thing at stake when we have long lines outside a hearing as we do today, and when giant companies, like the ones opposing this bill, and their supporters start throwing around rhetoric like, 'This bill will kill the Internet,'...That one thing is usually money."
Op-ed in Roll Call"Without the tools to enforce property rights in the physical world, the free market fails to operate effectively. SOPA helps apply that same protection online so that our free market can continue to be the greatest force for good the world has ever known."
Op-ed in The Hill"The recently introduced manager’s amendment to the Stop Online Piracy Act makes clear that the legislation specifically targets the worst-of-the-worst foreign rogue websites. Legitimate and lawful websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have nothing to worry about under this bill."
Statement to blogger Adam Bockler in opposition to SOPA"This regulation would move the internet community from one based on its free market capabilities toward an internet regulated by the government. This is problematic because the technology behind the internet has grown so fast in recent years that government regulation cannot keep pace, causing a situation where the government would, in essence, be hindering the growth of an entire industry and communications medium."
Statement to Hollywood Reporter"Boxer's spokesman Zachary Coile said Monday evening: Senator Boxer supports the Protect IP Act. She has a long record of working to protect intellectual property and fight piracy."
Letter to constituent, supportive of SOPA
"The growth of the Internet over the past 15 years has led to numerous technological advances. Unfortunately, these advances in technology have also led to the theft of IP – particularly music and movies."
"According to a 2008 MarkMonitor study, counterfeit or rogue websites dedicated to IP theft cost legitimate businesses of all sizes across the country an estimated $135 billion annually. Currently, American IP industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs to the U.S. economy and account for more than 60% of U.S. exports. "
"At a time when millions of Americans are out of work, we must find commonsense ways to protect industries – including the IP industry – that support millions of jobs. Although I am not a member of the Judiciary Committee, please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should H.R. 3261 come before the full House for a vote. "