I wrote my Congresswoman, Kay Granger, expressing my very clear opposition to SOPA. She replied:
Dear Karl:I read that as someone uncertain about the issue and very willing to ditch her colleague's bill if there's too much pressure. So everyone else please contact your representatives, they're ready to give in if we keep it up.
Thank you for contacting me about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). I appreciate hearing your concerns about this issue.
On October 26, 2011, Representative Lamar Smith introduced SOPA, H.R. 3261, in the House of Representatives. This bill aims to provide additional tools to take action against foreign websites that provide access to counterfeit goods.
I understand your concerns with this legislation and the potential negative impact it could have on the future of the internet. I believe that we must strike the right balance between ensuring that the internet remains an open, vibrant marketplace and protecting intellectual property rights. You will be glad to know that H.R. 3261 is not final. This legislation is still being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. The committee has been considering various amendments and making changes to the bill, and plans to continue hearings on H.R. 3261 this year.
You can be sure that I will continue to closely monitor this bill as it is amended and changed, and I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind if this bill comes to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed on the issues that are important to you. For more information on my work in Congress, or to sign up to receive my e-newsletter, please feel free to visit the 12th District's website at http://kaygranger.house.gov.
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