“I would just like to take a moment to ask about your feelings toward the SOPA and PIPA acts. I personally feel that these acts are flawed, and that they are in dire need of rejection in order to draft something else that covers more of what we as Americans need to do about copy write infringement, and less of censorship for websites that really only exist in order to share ideas. I understand the need to censor sites that only exist to share copy written materials such as movies, and music for free, but I feel that if passed as is, these bills could begin to censor sites that have nothing to do with illegal activities. As written, these bills do not have solid restrictions on what they do, and do not cover, and are therefore able to harm American internet use rather than help it. I understand that these companies that are pressuring Congress to do something about have a lot of money, and power, I just feel that although these companies have a right to protect their materials, they are being unfair, and there are far too many of them paying to push this bill through as is, and make them more money. I am a voting American citizen, and I truly dislike these bills regardless of any pressure from any company with enough money to buy a vote.”

I really did write this, and send this to every single one of my Congressmen. Maybe it wasn’t the nicest thing in the world, but I do not aim to please them, they aim to please me, right? I have never written my congressmen before, but there’s a first time for everything. I am truly hoping for a response, because I am not sure where my representatives stand on this, but I know that my votes rely on how they feel about the issues that matter to me.

I also took the time to bring up SOPA and PIPA to my friends around me. I’m one of those people who “actively listens.” I would bring it up in conversation just to see what my friends knew, or how they felt about it. Many of them really did not have a clue, and I was sure to enlighten them, and then told them how easy it was to find, and write to my congressmen. The ones who did know, really surprised me. One friend in particular actually read most of the SOPA bill. We both agreed that it simply was not specific enough to become law. Sure, it has some potential for helping out artists, actors, and other entertainment people from being pirated, but it just is simply vague. It could hurt us as a society to pass these as is, but help us as a society if edited correctly.

Basically, I have been on a bit of a rant on this topic, and I do not intend to stop. This is only one draft of many bills that have been brought to congress. Here’s hoping my steam never runs out, and I can keep on ranting until these bills are perfectly worded, and passed only when they are specific enough to properly control pirating, and nothing else.

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