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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user SMolnar on January 14, 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 1st Congressional district of Maryland. I oppose H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act, and am tracking it using, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

99% of users on, a free, non-partisan resource, oppose H.R.3261.

I know that the following organizations oppose H.R.3261: Open Internet Coalition, Google, Facebook, eBay, Human Rights First, American Library Association, American Civil Liberties Union, to name a few.

As noted by allyReport101, a user on, on November 07, 2011, "Can anyone explain the difference between burning books and taking down websites?"

As noted by walker7, a user on, on November 06, 2011, "We will never be ready for Internet censorship. This bill is overly broad, and therefore it is too ridiculous. It is very important that you should oppose this bill and save the Internet!"

Sincerely, Stuart Molnar

This letter was a reply from the office of Andy Harris on January 14, 2012.
Reply from Representative Andy Harris

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. Please know that

your views are important to me, and I will provide a comprehensive

response as soon as possible.

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