Mr. Donald Tenn
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As Co-Chair of the Congressional High Tech Caucus and member of the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, I have been following this issue closely. While I believe that we should work to combat online copyright infringement, I share your concern that if SOPA is enacted as currently written, it will cause substantial harm to the innovation and economic opportunities created by the Internet. Because of this, I recently joined several of my colleagues in writing a letter to the House Judiciary Committee voicing our concerns over the bill and its potentially negative consequences on consumers and small businesses. I am also an original co-sponsor of the OPEN Act, which will ensure that the internet continues to remain open and is accessible for consumers and entrepreneurs.
During this time of continued economic uncertainty, we should be helping our businesses grow and our innovators develop. Unfortunately, I believe that the SOPA legislation will do the opposite. Please know that I will continue to monitor this important issue, and that I will keep your thoughts in mind should SOPA pass out of the Judiciary Committee and reach the floor of the House for a vote.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding this issue. To learn more about my work in Congress, or to sign up for periodic e-mail updates, please visit my website at www.house.gov/matsui .
DORIS O. MATSUI
Member of Congress