I am writing as your constituent in the 3rd Congressional district of Washington. I oppose H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
Sen. Murray, I know that you took $4,250 in the 2010 election cycle from entertainment industry/broadcast & motion pictures interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Murray, I know that you took $20,250 in the 2010 election cycle from cable & satellite tv production & distribution interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Murray, I know that you took $50,550 in the 2010 election cycle from pharmaceutical manufacturing interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Murray, I know that you took $12,684 in the 2010 election cycle from health, education & human resources interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Cantwell, I know that you took $1,000 in the 2010 election cycle from entertainment industry/broadcast & motion pictures interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Cantwell, I know that you took $1,000 in the 2010 election cycle from cable & satellite tv production & distribution interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Cantwell, I know that you took $3,900 in the 2010 election cycle from commercial tv & radio stations interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Cantwell, I know that you took $750 in the 2010 election cycle from pharmaceutical manufacturing interest groups who support H.R.3261.
Sen. Cantwell, I know that you took $750 in the 2010 election cycle from health, education & human resources interest groups who support H.R.3261.
I do have a large issue with my elected representitives taking that much money from special interest groups.
Don't you think it's about time you began to pay attention to your constituents?
99% of users on OpenCongress.org, a free, non-partisan resource, oppose H.R.3261.. Sincerely,
Dear Mr. Jefferies,
Thank you for contacting me about the internet streaming of copyrighted material. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
On May 12, 2011, Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. Under current federal law, U.S. law enforcement officials and holders of copyrights, trademarks, and patents, have limited legal remedies available to combat internet websites that are registered in foreign countries but operate in the United States by selling products, services, and/or content that violates U.S. intellectual property law. If enacted, the proposed legislation would create an expedited process for the Department of Justice and intellectual property rights holders to shut down through a court order these websites by targeting the owners and operators of the Internet site, if known, or the domain name registrant associated with the Internet site.
While I am supportive of the goals of the bill, I am deeply concerned that the definitions and the means by which the legislation seeks to accomplish these goals will have unintended consequences and hurt innovation, job creation, and threaten online speech and security. On November 17, 2011, I signed a letter along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-WA) objecting to the bill as it is currently written.
I intend to work with the proponents of this legislation to explore and advance proposals that include effective methods to combat intellectual property rights violations while avoiding the collateral damage inherent in the current legislation. The goals of this legislation can be achieved without doing serious damage to cyber security and the ability of the Internet to facilitate a global marketplace of ideas and commerce. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should I have the opportunity to vote on this or similar legislation regarding intellectual property rights.
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Dear Mr. Jefferies:
Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act , which is currently pending in the United States House of Representatives. I appreciate knowing your views on this matter.
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.
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Patty Murray United States Senator
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