Rep. Lofgren issued the following statement today regarding the official introduction of H.R. 3782, the Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act in the House of Representatives. She joined bill author Darrell Issa (R-CA) and 23 other bipartisan original cosponsors on this measure to fight online piracy.
"Congress doesn't have to censor the Internet or restrain innovation in order to fight online piracy. The OPEN Act shows there's a better way. It relies on proven remedies--attacking the profit motive for online infringement--without the collateral damage to the Internet that SOPA and PIPA would cause. The OPEN Act has already benefited from a novel legislative experiment, through the solicitation of public comments and revisions at keepthewebopen.com. After the bill's introduction, I look forward to hearing additional constructive feedback and ways to incorporate it as the bill moves forward."
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced the OPEN Act in the Senate.