I am writing as your constituent in the 18th Congressional district of New York. I oppose H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act and its companion bill PIPA in the Senate.
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.
Sincerely, Micah Sifry
Thank you for taking the time to contact me. As always, I appreciate 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
January 17, 2012
Mr. Micah Sifry
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.
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Nita Lowey Member of Congress
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