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Rep. Lofgren Statement on Decisions to Shelve SOPA and PIPA


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Lofgren issued the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) decision to postpone consideration of the Protect IP Act and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-TX) announcement to delay action on SOPA:

"Things changed in Washington this week when millions of Americans raised their voices to keep the internet free from censorship. Somewhere in China, thanks to software created in America to avoid the suppression of speech on the Internet, people are watching how a real democracy can work when everyone's voice is heard.

Now that the deeply flawed SOPA and PIPA have been taken off the table, there's a new opportunity to address the problem of misappropriation of protected creative work in a better way. Americans who took the time to raise their voices should be happy to know that they have been listened to.

Congratulations to all of those who spoke on these important issues."

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