In light of the fact that SOPA has been postponed indefinitely in the House and PIPA does not have enough votes to move forward in the Senate, I am closing this petition.
Given the strong language coming out of the office of the MPAA I doubt this specific petition had any affect. But, it added to the larger voice that was heard and finally culminated in the web blackout on January 18th. This blackout is what finally turned the tide and pointed a spotlight on these severly flawed bills.
The threat of online piracy remains and we still have to find a solution for this problem. But, I am pleased to see that cooler heads prevailed and we didn't rush legislation that was far more harmful than online piracy. Hopefully anything that comes forward in the future will take into account both online piracy AND "internet freedom".
- Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
David White, National Executive Director
- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, National Executive Director
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
Jim Hoffa, General President
- Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Taylor Hackford, President
- The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
Matthew D. Loeb, President
- Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
I agree that online piracy is a real threat and is damaging to the people within your industry. I agree that it hurts all Americans and our economy, as well. And I appreciate you trying to do something about it by appealing to Congress for a solution.
Regrettably, in the rush to find an answer, I think mistakes were made and the bills that have been introduced have not been fully thought out. Furthermore, I think these bills are far worse than the problem itself.
A lot of information from myriad sources has come forward that highlight their many issues. Issues which, at this point, I am sure you are abundantly aware of. And even though, in an attempt to find a consensus, amendments have been made to the original versions of these bills; they still contain far more problems than they do solutions.
In light of this information, I respectfully ask you to withdraw your support and formally oppose H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968 - PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (PIPA). Our goal to eliminate piracy should not change, but we need to find a better way.
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