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Rob Cornilles' Statement on SOPA/PIPA and Internet Censorship


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"Recently, two bills have been introduced in Congress (SOPA -- the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA -- the Protect IP Act) with the right intentions of protecting legitimate intellectual property rights, but, sadly, both are poorly written and have the potential of censoring legitimate web sites. Censorship of the Internet is not an "unintended consequence" that I am willing to live with. For that reason, I oppose SOPA and PIPA.

"One of the worst aspects of SOPA and PIPA is their granting of wide authority to the Department of Justice to unilaterally censor web sites. That is a dangerous precedent to set. I applaud our own Senator Ron Wyden and others who have called for defeat of SOPA/PIPA and are crafting a new, bipartisan bill that addresses the legitimate concerns of intellectual property rights holders while avoiding the pitfalls of enforcement via the Department of Justice and the prospect of widespread, unilateral censorship. One such bill is being worked on in the House by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and I support these bipartisan efforts. Their bill would avoid utilizing the power of the Department of Justice. I look forward to working with my future colleagues in the House to craft better legislation than SOPA/PIPA that protects the freedom and innovation of the Internet and prevents censorship or overregulation of it."

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