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My representatives listened

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posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 05:45 AM
One week ago I had wrote to my two Senators and U.S. Congressman concerning my worries about the SOPA/PIPA legislation. I had assumed that Americans actually speaking up on legislation was still not going to change the way they were going to vote. Assessing the situation as almost futile I sent them a message anyway, thinking that it cannot hurt to at least try and influence their decision. Well, it turns out my Senators listened to the people when they spoke.

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“As the information superhighway evolves, we cannot overreact with legislation, like SOPA, that overreaches in its scope and restricts online use. I support legislation that accomplishes the goal of protecting Americans’ intellectual property rights but does not infringe on an open and accessible internet.”

So it turns out that both of my Senators and my Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives do not support either SOPA or PIPA now. This was a fantastic protest staged by internet websites and the American people who wrote en masse to their representatives. Today Senator Marco Rubio wrote me, presumably a mass email to everyone who wrote him, and explained his position on the legislation:

Dear Mr. --------,

Thank you for contacting me regarding Internet piracy legislation. I would like to take this opportunity to address your concerns on this important issue.

As you may be aware, on May 12, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) introduced the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP/ PIPA, S. 968), which is meant to curb the online theft of intellectual property, much of which is occurring through rogue websites overseas in China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs. It was with this in mind that I was previously a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act. I believe it's important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy. However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and can promote new technologies.

Last summer, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously and without controversy. Since then, I've heard from a number of Floridians who have raised legitimate concerns about the impact this bill could have on Internet access, as well as a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's authority to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the PROTECT IP Act. Furthermore, I have encouraged Majority Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet. Please know that I will remain mindful of your concerns should this, or similar legislation, such as the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261), come before the Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Florida. If I can be of any further help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Marco Rubio
United States Senator

Well, I am glad they actually listened.

posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 05:47 AM
reply to post by Misoir

I got the same response from my Senators

Kind of makes you wonder who is really backing this; doesn't it?


posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 06:05 AM
it gives me the warm fuzzies to be a part of this community full of DO-ers and not just a bunch of whiney TALK-ers

I too contacted my officials and others throughout north Texas. The thing that bothers me though is that the majority of congress DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND the bills, yet they were SO QUICK to sign them.


edit on 25-1-2012 by ltinycdancerg because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 07:19 AM
We can make a difference! That's great news.

I do wonder who supported this, but even more, I wonder what the purpose is (or was). Since the feds already have the authority to take down data sharing sites and arrest the people who run them, why SOPA?

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