Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) released the following statement on Wikipedia and Google's blackout today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which threatens to undermine innovation and job creation on the Internet while failing to effectively combat piracy of intellectual property. Polis is a co-author of the OPEN Act, an alternative to SOPA that protects intellectual property while preserving Internet freedom.
"Wikipedia and Google's blackout is part of the largest online protest in history and a clear indication that Internet companies and a growing number of Americans are recognizing the inherent danger SOPA poses to online innovation and job creation, free speech, and the very structure of the Internet. We all agree that we should more effectively combat piracy from foreign websites but SOPA wildly misses the mark. If it were to become law it would be ripe for abuse as companies could exploit the private right of action to block a competitor out of existence. That will snuff out the spark of innovation and job creation our economy needs right now."