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Monday, January 16, 2012

Memo To Congressman Goodlatte (2)

With regard to that "Stop On-Line Piracy Act" (SOPA) legislation you're sponsoring - proudly - in Congress, you should know what you're up against.  We the People of the United States of America cherish our 1st Amendment to the Constitution as much as we do the 2nd.  You screw with either, you do so at tremendous risk to your future job prospects.

Even Barack Obama understands the potential consequences:
On SOPA, Obama walks a thin line

The White House waded into the red-hot online piracy debate with a statement Saturday that won't satisfy either side.

In a blog post penned by three administration officials, the White House said it opposes any bill that would make it easier for government to censor the Web or make the Internet less secure, but it stopped short of saying whether that includes two bills that have sent the tech industry into a panic.

If that sounds like a careful effort to walk a thin line, it is: Some of the president's biggest supporters in Hollywood and Silicon Valley and beyond are sharply divided over the bills, and the White House needs a way to keep both sides happy.

The Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and Protect IP Act in the Senate are an attempt by business interests led by Hollywood to crack down on people pirating movies and music and stop the sale of knockoff goods.

But Web companies and Internet freedom activists have cried foul, saying the bills would put restrictions on the Web in a way that could destroy the fundamental openness of the Internet and prevent the next generation of Facebooks or eBays from getting off the ground. [link]
We the People hold these truths to be self-evident: Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech ... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

Bob, with all due respect, you're attempting to have Congress do both. Obama, though too much the coward to say so, has seen that light. You need to as well. Leave the internet alone. It's not yours to control.