Rob Portman Vote on Passage of S.968: Not Voted Yet
I am writing as your constituent in the 12th Congressional district of Ohio. I oppose S.968 - PROTECT IP Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
As I have outlined in a blog post to my librarian colleagues (http://dltj.org/article/opposing-protect-ip-act/), I have two overriding reasons for opposing this legislation. First, I think the content creation industry already has enough tools in their arsenal (such as the DMCA) for it to go after legitimate infringements of their rights. That aside, there is a more fundamental reason: this law meddles with the foundational structures of the internet (the Domain Name System in particular), and that can have unexpected consequences. The "Cybersecurity in the Balance: Weighing the Risks of the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act" paper from the Brookings Institution goes into more detail about the latter reason. The power of the internet has been — and should continue to be — the transparent, end-to-end nature of the net that enables and promotes creative innovation at the edges of the network. PROTECT-IP and SOPA would add complexity and cloudiness to the core of the internet, and in the end not put a stop to the illegal activity the backers of the bill are seeking to eliminate.
I urge you to vote "no" on passage of S.968, the PROTECT IP Act.
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