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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user rpetersen472 on January 16, 2012 in opposition to H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act.
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H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act

I am writing as your constituent in the 11th Congressional district of New Jersey. I am writing as your constituent in the 11th Congressional district of New Jersey. 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.

Sincerely,

This letter was a reply from the office of Robert Menendez on January 16, 2012.
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This letter was a reply from the office of Rodney P. Frelinghuysen on January 16, 2012.
Reply from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me. Please know that this is an automated response to confirm that your email has been received by me in my Washington office.

I will respond to your concerns as soon as possible.

If you are need of immediate assistance, please telephone my District office at (973) 984-0711 or my Washington office at (202) 225-5034. Again, thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely, Rodney P. Frelinghuysen Member of Congress

This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on January 16, 2012.
Thank You For Contacting Me

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me. Your comments are important to me and I wanted to confirm with you that I have received your message.

Please feel free to contact me again should you have additional concerns or if there is any way in which I can be of assistance.

Thank you,

Sincerely, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg

This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on January 17, 2012.
In Response to Your Message

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Dear Mr. Petersen:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the PROTECT IP Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

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.

The ?PROTECT IP Act? was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2011 and now awaits action by the full Senate. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers this issue. Thank you again for contacting me.

FRL:mts

This letter was a reply from the office of Rodney P. Frelinghuysen on January 18, 2012.
Reply from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

Dear Mr. Petersen:

Thank you for contacting me to convey your opposition to H.R. 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act. I appreciate having the benefit of your views and I share them. You should know that I oppose this legislation!

Introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (TX), H.R. 3261 seeks to combat online piracy and theft of intellectual property. Additionally, this legislation directs the Attorney General to take legal action against individuals and/or website domains when necessary.

There is no doubt that online piracy is real and it harms our economy and American workers, however, I am aware that the proposed legislation could result in all sorts of unintended consequences that threaten a dynamic global internet. We must take care to ensure that the 'cure' is not worse than the problem!

Most recently, this bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. While I do not serve on this committee, rest assured I will remember your opposition should this bill come before the full House of Representatives for a vote.

Again, thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Rodney Frelinghuysen Member of Congress

P.S. To sign up for my e-newsletter, or to learn more about issues before Congress, please visit http://frelinghuysen.house.gov/.

This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on January 24, 2012.
In Response to Your Inquiry – Update on the PROTECT IP Act and the Future of the Internet

Dear Mr. Petersen:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about the PROTECT IP Act (S. 968). I share your concerns, and I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

The PROTECT IP Act was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2011, and was scheduled for a procedural vote before the full Senate this week. I raised serious concerns with the legislation last week, and was pleased that the vote on the Protect IP Act was canceled. Please be assured that I remain committed to a free and open Internet and will keep your views in mind.

I would like to invite you to stay in touch with me on these issues by "liking" me on Facebook and following me on Twitter. Below you will find links to my pages, where you can get the most up-to-date information about my work representing you in the United States Senate. Thank you again for contacting me.

FRL:MS

This letter was a reply from the office of Robert Menendez on January 27, 2012.
Response from Senator Menendez

Dear Mr. Petersen:

Thank you for taking the time to weigh in on the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The debate about intellectual property and the freedom of the internet has brought to light the valid concerns of thousands of citizens who normally remain on the sidelines, but who have a deep and abiding concern in preserving the integrity of the internet.

Your interest, and the interest of thousands like you who have contacted my office by phone, through e-mails, Facebook posts, or Tweets, has been loud and clear. That's why I told the Senate leadership that I could not support the legislation. This is what a healthy democracy in action looks like in the digital age. I'm proud that my voice could be your voice in Congress.

From a highschooler who said that many of his core principles are aligned with mine, but felt this piece of legislation may prevent the next Arab Spring from happening - to a businessman who said we cannot risk alienating our young people by passing a bill they do not support - I heard you New Jersey. And what you told me was clear: you felt this legislation as drafted would constrain free speech, curtail innovation and discourage new digital distribution methods.

I believe we have to protect free speech on the internet, but we also have to prevent the theft of intellectual property from the people who create it. You have made me and many others realize that we need new legislation that can do both - we can protect our creators without limiting the endless possibilities of a free, open, and fair internet.

America's best and brightest created the internet and changed the world. And American ingenuity, creativity, and hard work developed the world's best medicine, music, art, movies, fashion and have made extraordinary scientific breakthroughs. So I am confident, moving forward, Americans can come together to protect the freedom of the internet and, at the same time, protect intellectual property from piracy.

Again, this is your victory. I'm proud to represent a state where the constituents take their civic responsibility seriously and engage so passionately in the democratic process.

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This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on November 01, 2012.
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This letter was a reply from the office of Rodney P. Frelinghuysen on August 07, 2013.
Reply from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

Dear Mr. Petersen:

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to legislation that would institute a new tax on internet sales. I appreciate having the benefit of your views, as I share them.

As you may be aware, online purchases are only subject to state and local taxes if the buyer and seller are based in the same state.

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) has introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which seeks to allow states to require online companies that do not have a physical presence in the state to collect and remit state sales taxes.

This legislation is currently pending before the House Judiciary Committee. While I do not serve on that Committee, I will certainly keep your views in mind should such legislation come before the full House.

Again, thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Rodney Frelinghuysen Member of Congress

P.S. To sign up for my e-newsletter, or to learn more about issues before Congress, please visit http://frelinghuysen.house.gov/.

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