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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Memo To Bob Goodlatte (6)

Regarding SOPA, that online piracy bill that you still favor but all of America outside of Hollywood opposes because of the potential mischief that the federal government can make if it is passed, read the comments to this Roanoke Times "Blue Ridge Caucus" post ("Does Goodlatte’s SOPA support make him vulnerable to a challenger?") (eleven comments as of this writing), and understand the hornet's nest into which you're sticking your perfectly curried head.

It need not get ugly, Bob.

Online piracy is a very real concern.  And, according to everything I'm reading, addressing it through a copyright law upgrade is called for.

But the bill you sponsored went way too far.  Policing the entire internet?  Obama given the power to shut down any website of its choosing?

I checked the rules and regulations by which you're to function.  That ain't there.

So stop.

And start over.

There are bad people out there.

I'm not one of them.