posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 06:37 PM
Upon seeing ATS's undeniable concern I decided to do like we all should and mail, e-mail, or call our districts representative to express our
concerns and see their view on the bill. My district in Pittsburgh is of that of congressman Tim Murphy, who I voted for actually, and this is what he
had to say on these issues.
Dear Congressman Tim Murphy,
I know your a busy man so I will keep this as short as possible. Everyone, if not most, people use the Internet on a daily basis to communicate,
entertain, or educate. The SOPA and Protect IP Act, in my belief, will infringe the everyday American from using the Internet for these purposes. I
also believe the bills are weak in the fact of tht businesses web sites can be shut down with little to no due process. Furthermore the bill also
states that not only the distribution of music, movies, and etc can be the reason for shut down but words as well. I fear this will attack everyone's
freedom of speech. I do not want the government to decide who I can listen to, who is right and who is wrong. Mr. Murphy my question for you is how do
you feel about these bills and how do you interpret them. Thank you for your time an I hope to hear from you soon.
The response I received
Dear Mr. XXXXXXXX,
Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S. 968, the Protect IP Act. I appreciate the opportunity to
explain to you why I oppose these bills.
I support vigorous protections for patents and intellectual property; however, SOPA is the absolute wrong way to get there because it opens the door
to regulation of the Internet and censorship by the government.
As currently drafted, SOPA empowers the Department of Justice to block access to a broad spectrum of web sites. To comply with the law and avoid
litigation service providers and Internet firms would simply deciding to shut off access to specific IP addresses or prohibit customers from sharing
information. Either way, SOPA would dramatically curtain your personal freedom.
SOPA establishes an unsettling precedent of federal Internet regulations that could all too easily be used by entrenched special interests to
undermine potential competitors. One of the reasons why the Internet is such an important communication platform is that it encourages the free
exchange of ideas and technologies. New regulations like SOPA would make it more difficult to collaborate and access data or information and
ultimately inhibit the American entrepreneurial spirit.
SOPA also utilizes inflexible security standards, which would in turn open loopholes that make online users more vulnerable to hacking and cyber
H.R. 3261 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which held a subcommittee hearing on the legislation on November 16, 2011. While not a
member of the Judiciary Committee, should this legislation come before the full House for consideration in its current form, I will oppose it.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on H.R. 3261. Please do not hesitate to contact me with further questions or concerns. If you
are interested in receiving my email newsletter describing important votes and key committee activity, I invite you to visit my website at
murphy.house.gov... and sign up.
Member of Congress
* Please Note: If you wish to respond to this email, please visit my website and you will be directed how to reply.
My question to ATS members is did you contact your congressman? If so what we their response?