Reply from OH Senator Sherrod Brown regarding SOPA/PIPA

The following is an email I received from Senator Sherrod Brown in response to an email I sent containing my SOPA/PIPA concerns.

Dear Mr. Loesch,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about legislation to combat online infringement and digital theft.

Last Congress, the Senate considered, but did not pass, legislation entitled the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA).  The aim of this legislation was to assist the Department of Justice in tracking and shutting down “rogue websites.”  These sites provide unauthorized downloads, streaming, or direct sale of copyrighted material.  Similar legislation, entitled the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act, was recently introduced in the Senate.  The PROTECT IP Act narrows the definition of “rogue website” in an effort to target only the most egregious purveyors of digital theft and counterfeit crime.

In an age of advancing technology, it is critical we have laws that protect internet users from unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent marketplace practices.  Too many consumers today purchase goods over the internet that may pose a significant threat to their health and wellbeing.   For example, a consumer may unknowingly purchase counterfeit prescription drugs online that contain incorrect amounts of active ingredients, and thus pose a serious risk to ill individuals.

Additionally, illegal file sharing and unauthorized copying of digital material prevents musicians, producers, filmmakers, software designers, and many others from reaping the fruits of their labor.  Such activity has the potential to stifle artistic creativity and compromise electronic innovation.  Ultimately, intellectual property theft costs our economy billions of dollars and can result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs.

However, I have also heard from individuals with concerns about the scope of this legislation, as well as its First Amendment implications.  I take these concerns seriously.  Should this legislation come before the full Senate for a vote, I will keep your views in mind.  Thank you again for getting in touch with me.


                         Sherrod Brown
                         United States Senator

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3 thoughts on “Reply from OH Senator Sherrod Brown regarding SOPA/PIPA”

  1. It is ironic that MY Senator, Sherrod Brown, wants to protect me from MY ignorance of the “internet dangers”, but he also is for gun control! He also supports the biggest THREAT to our freedom in the new millenia…..Barack Hussein Obama!
    PS: the “Justice” Department cannot even protect us from vote fraud nor can it protect us from illegal alien incursion! This is all a joke…….I am not laughing!

  2. I got the same form letter.. here my response to it..

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my concerns.

    It appears that you are on the fence with regards to SOPA and PIPA. I agree that consumers need to be protected from unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent marketplace practices, however, there needs to be limits to the freedoms which would be taken away by this legislation. Musicians, producers, filmmakers, software designers, etc should be adapting to changes in technology, yet they haven’t. The success of Apples iTunes service is a perfect example of when a service is executed correctly, it can flourish and make a profit. I will be the first to admit that I have not read the legislation at hand, but I believe I have heard enough to realize that this is not good for the people in this country. Most people do not realize that the majority of these issues which this legislation would attempt to “fix” were in fact caused by the backers of this legislation, and their failure to adapt to the ever changing world of technology.

    Auto Manufacturers who build cars which are able to break the speed limit (which is illegal), do not sit on the sides of the highway with radar guns taking speeds and reporting them to the authorities. Nor would the congress attempt to pass legislation which would force the automakers to produce cars with a top speed of 65 mph. It’s up to the end user to use the auto in a legal way, and it’s not up to the auto manufacture to make sure that they are used legally

    Guns are used in millions of illegal crimes every year, yet it’s still legal to purchase and possess a gun. It’s up to the end user to use the gun in a legal and safe way. It’s not up to the gun manufactures to make sure that they are used legally.

    We do not limit speeds which cars can travel because of those who use cars illegally, We do prohibit the sale and use of guns because of those who use them illegally, and we should not put censorship limitations, and police state monitoring on the internet because of those who use the internet illegally. Let those companies who support SOPA and PIPA go to China and Iran where you can already see the results of what this legislation would result in.

    You can see where the real problem of piracy on the internet has spawned from in this YouTube video

    If this legislation gets passed, then we might as well install speed monitors in all cars, cameras in all houses, do away with guns, heck lets just rip up the constitution, do away with Miranda, hire x KGB agents to spy on our citizens. Better yet, why don’t we just merge with China or Iran, they seem to already have these processes down pat!

    Thomas Prevett, North Ridgeville, Ohio,
    Soon to be known as “Citizen Prevett”

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