Monday, November 14, 2011

My own letter to my congressman on SOPA

I generally don't send form letters on issues, but here is the letter I just emailed to my own member of the House of Representatives, Jim Moran (D), 8th District, VA, on the Stop Online Piracy Act. 

Dear Rep. Moran:

I would like to know your thoughts on HR 3261, the House On-line Piracy Act, or SOPA, which will be aired before the Judiciary Committee Nov. 16.

I am concerned that the law would allow private companies to get sites “blacklisted” without proper due process, even though I can see there are many cases of “obvious abuse”, as when a criminal makes a domain out of a misspelling of a popular site to spread malware (which would be obvious trademark infringement), and I also believe most of these malware sites are overseas. 

What kind of controls would be in place to protect legitimate sites, such as corporate whistleblowers?

Note that now when you write to Congress, the House application asks for your residence zipcode. You can write only to your own Representative. 

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