Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) issued the following statement on Wednesday in response to questions about H.R. 3261, the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act:
"I appreciate everyone's feedback on this issue. As you may know, the House Judiciary Committee is continuing to work on SOPA to address concerns that there are insufficient internet protections to stop illegal theft of American products and intellectual property from movies to music to companies' product formulas. Therefore, should a final bill reach the House floor for a vote, I will, as I always do, carefully review the bill's language and consider the views expressed by the people who live, work and own a business in my district. I am hopeful that any bill ultimately sent to the full House will balance 1- the need to stop individuals and foreign nations from brazenly stealing American ideas and products, while 2- protecting the Constitutional rights of every American. In the meantime, please feel free to contact our Washington office with specific questions or concerns about the legislation or ways you believe the legislation can be improved."