70 Groups Ask Congress to Halt Work On SOPA and PIPA
70 Groups Ask Congress to Halt Work On SOPA and PIPA
70 Groups Ask Congress to Halt Work On SOPA and PIPA

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    Approximately 70
    grass-roots groups, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, human rights groups,
    communities of color, and Internet companies today said Congress should stop
    its work on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act

    The letter, coordinated by Public
    Knowledge, said, “Now is the time for Congress to take a breath, step back, and
    approach the issues from a fresh perspective.”  The text of the letter is

    “This letter shows that the opposition
    to SOPA and PIPA came from an extraordinarily diverse coalition of
    well-informed groups and companies who understood perfectly well what was in
    the bills.  This was not an industry-led movement, it was an Internet user
    movement,” said Ernesto Falcon, congressional affairs director for Public
    Knowledge.  “Contrary to what Hollywood executives are saying, the sole
    reason why the Internet blackout occurred was because the public was concerned
    by these over-reaching bills that had no business being considered.”

    In the
    letter, the groups argued that the concerns about the bill are too many to be
    addressed through “hasty revisions” to legislation, and shouldn’t be done by
    door negotiations among a small set of inside-the-beltway stakeholders.”  Instead, Congress should determine the
    “true extent of online infringement and, as importantly, the economic effects
    of that activity.”

    Any future consideration of intellectual property
    legislation “must avoid taking a narrow, single-industry perspective,” the
    letter said.

    Download the file directly here.

    Public Knowledge-Internet Letter to Congress