These bills are overbroad in their scope and threaten to smother free speech online and dampen technological innovation in all kinds of ways. The problem of "rogue sites" and "piracy" of copyrighted material does not require such a sweeping and dangerous approach.
Please reconsider your sponsorship of the SOPA and PIPA bills.
hearing from you. Being able to openly communicate with residents of New
York's 18th Congressional District has always been one of my top
priorities. Due to the high volume of e-mails that I receive, I will not
be able to respond to your message immediately, but I will reply as soon
as possible. In the meantime, please visit my website,
http://lowey.house.gov, for further information about my work in
Congress and at home in New York.
Nita M. Lowey
Member of Congress
Mr. Micah Sifry
40 Amherst Drive
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York 10706
Dear Mr. Sifry:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this important issue.
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.
SOPA is currently pending before the House Judiciary Committee. Although
I do not serve on the committee, rest assured I will continue to monitor
this legislation closely and work to improve the bill so that it does
not stifle the Internet.
Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me. If you would like
more information on this or other issues, or to sign up for my regular
e-newsletter, visit my website at www.lowey.house.gov
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