Got this email from Senator Barbara A. Mikulski office today in regards to the SOPA act and in reply to my protest email back on January 18th. Feels good to be involved in the process and help influence a decision for the right 🙂
Dear Mr. Davis:
Thank you for writing to me about legislation to combat online piracy. It’s good to hear from you.
The PROTECT IP Act (S. 968) would give the Department of Justice (DoJ) authority to identify and take legal action against websites that advertise counterfeit or pirated merchandise. While I support combatting online piracy, I will not vote for this bill in its current form and the Senate is not expected to consider it in the near future. The bill has a number of provisions that I am concerned about, particularly language affecting Domain Name Servers (DNS). Congress needs to go back to the drawing board to fix this and other problems with this bill.
Illegal downloading of movies, TV shows and music is a real problem that threatens American jobs, harms industries, and hurts our economy. However, we need to make sure that the solution isn’t worse than the problem. Any efforts to strengthen the protection of copyrighted materials must be well planned and not stifle free speech or innovation.
Thanks once again for writing. Please let me know if I can be of assistance in the future.
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator