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Tech Companies Letter to Congress

Tech Companies Letter to Congress

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Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla, AOL and Yahoo oppose SOPA.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla, AOL and Yahoo oppose SOPA.

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Published by: Alex Howard on Nov 15, 2011
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November 15, 2011 The Honorable Pat LeahyChairmanCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateWashington, DC 20510 The Honorable Chuck GrassleyRanking MemberCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateWashington, DC 20510 The Honorable Lamar SmithChairmanCommittee on the JudiciaryHouse of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515 The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.Ranking MemberCommittee on the JudiciaryHouse of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers:The undersigned Internet and technology companies write to express our concern with legislativemeasures that have been introduced in the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives, S. 968 (the “PROTECT IP Act”) and H.R. 3261 (the “Stop Online Piracy Act”).We support the bills’ stated goals -- providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign “rogue”websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting. Unfortunately, the bills asdrafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities,private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites. Weare concerned that these measures pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation, as well as to our Nation’s cybersecurity. We cannot support these bills aswritten and ask that you consider more targeted ways to combat foreign “rogue” websites dedicatedto copyright infringement and trademark counterfeiting, while preserving the innovation anddynamism that has made the Internet such an important driver of economic growth and job creation.One issue merits special attention. We are very concerned that the bills as written would seriously
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