~ Dr. Seuss
SOPA and PIPA cripple the free and open internet. They put the onus on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the blocking of entire sites, even if the links are not to infringing material. Small sites will not have the sufficient resources to mount a legal challenge. Without opposition, large media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for small competing foreign sites, even if big media are wrong. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines.
In a post SOPA/PIPA world where politicians regulate the Internet based on the influence of big money in Washington, the core positive impact of the internet cannot survive. It represents a framework for future restrictions and suppression. Congress says it's trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the "cure" that SOPA and PIPA represent is much more destructive than the disease they are trying to fix.
I acknowledge that many key representatives have claimed they would not support the bills as they stand but I do not want my representatives, in particular, to support legislation like SOPA/PIPA in any way shape or form because such legislation couldn't be further from this voters core beliefs.
Please do the right thing and represent this constituent by opposing SOPA, PIPA, and any other such legislation that attempts to diminish the net positive impact provided by the Interent as we know it today.
One of those people you represent.
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