Contact Congress

This letter was sent by OpenCongress user MSifry on January 14, 2012 in opposition to H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act.
A public message by MSifry

Comment on this letter below

H.R.3261 Stop Online Piracy Act

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

This letter was a reply from the office of Nita M. Lowey on January 14, 2012.
Response from Congresswoman Lowey

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,, for further information about my work in Congress and at home in New York.


Nita M. Lowey Member of Congress

This letter was a reply from the office of Nita M. Lowey on January 17, 2012.
Response from Congresswoman Lowey

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.

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 . Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way.


Nita Lowey Member of Congress

Unfortunately, my correspondence system is unable to receive email replies; however, you can email me here .


No Comments Start the Conversation!

Note to Congressional staff & elected officials reading this: this letter was sent through Contact-Congress features on, a free public resource website, but in the future we seek to compel the U.S. Congress to adopt fully open technology for constituent communications. For more information how your office can better handle public feedback through an open API and open standards, contact us -- even today, there are significantly more efficient and responsive ways for our elected officials to receive email feedback than the status quo of individual webforms. For greater public accountability in government, we must make the process of writing one's members of Congress more accessible and empowering. Looking ahead, we will release more data from Contact-Congress letters and Congressional response rates back into the public commons. This will result in a new open data source on bills & issues people care about, as well as encourage best practices in constituent communications and make it possible to grade members of Congress on their responsiveness & citizen satisfaction.