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I'm writing to express my opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that has recently been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives.
While the stated goal of the act of combatting online piracy is a valid concern facing many content industries, the proposed implementation threatens to undermine over a decade of precedent set by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and its safe harbor provisions while adding a layer of government censorship to the most free and open communications medium we have: the Internet.
The measures included in SOPA would threaten Internet-based innovation and likely have a negligible impact on the overall goal of reducing piracy; other measures must be taken to fight content piracy.
Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act now.