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Lance Statement on Controversial Online Piracy Legislation


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement today regarding House Resolution 3261, the "Stop Online Piracy Act," or SOPA:

"I have strong concerns about the SOPA legislation and will vote against the measure in its current form.

"As a member of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturingand Technology I fully understand that the Internet is a medium that is experiencing tremendous technological growth.

"It is my opinion that the SOPA bill, as currently drafted, is overly broad and could discourage continued investment and innovation in broadband -- ultimately harming consumers and costing high-tech jobs.

"Like many of my colleagues in Congress I have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and others expressing concerns about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation. As such it is my position that Congress should continue to examine the issue so that lawmakers and stakeholders can come to a consensus on how best to combat copyright infringement on the Internet."

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