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I put in a call to Congresswoman Niki Tsgonas’ office yesterday and got an answer back today (after LiL went black). So I wanted to write this post and get it ready for when the site comes back up.
Rep. Tsongas is a definite NO on SOPA or anything resembling it (like PIPA). Says her office:
She is opposed to it. Niki believes that it is written too broadly and would have an adverse affect on free speech and internet innovation. The legislation is a major departure from the current “notice and take-down” system that provided protection from liability for internet service providers and websites that expeditiously remove infringing materials from their networks.
This to me shows a good understanding about the issue at hand - that Rep. Tsongas and her staff grok the monumental shift that these bills represent to our electronic freedom of speech.
As an aside, Senator Scott Brown is also against PIPA (/SOPA) and will vote no. Kudos to him on this issue.
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