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U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Statement on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP ACT (PIPA)

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On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, the website Wikipedia and many others, shut down thier websites in protest of H.R. 2361, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S. 968, the Protect IP ACT (PIPA). As a result, many citizens called Congress with their concerns about the bill… and they were heard loud and clear. This legislation is design to combat online trafficking of copyright intellectual property. The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Lamar Smith (R- TX) decided that the House Judiciary Committee will not take up the legislation until there is wider agreement on the solution. I am grateful that the House Judiciary Committee will seek a wider consensus of the bill before the House brings it up for full consideration. While this bill as it stands was based on good intentions, I continue to stand in opposition to it and have urged my Colleagues to work on legislation that balances openness on the Internet with the need to protect both cybersecurity and intellectual property rights. The Senate will also delay from bringing the bill to the Senate floor as well.


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