I finally got a response for my congressman about SOPA/PIPA. Here it is in full (not bad for a form letter–at least with e-mail you can’t tell how many times it’s been xeroxed):
January 18, 2012
Dear Mr. [the Ogre],
Thank you for writing to me about H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S. B. 968 the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). This is a very important issue to me.
I am opposed to SOPA and PIPA. These bills threaten cybersecurity, undermine freedom of speech, and inhibit innovation. The internet is a terrific resource for creativity, innovation, and economic development. It should remain a place free and open for people to express themselves. Further, I believe that an open internet is exactly what this country needs to remain competitive in a globally interdependent market. More government regulation and bureaucracy is not the solution.
Piracy of content on the internet is a serious problem. However, SOPA and PIPA are the wrong solution to the right problem – we should be going after online piracy, just not in this way. I support the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN Act). This bipartisan bill, introduced by Rep Darrell Issa (CA-49), addresses the problem of online piracy without causing the collateral damage to the internet that SOPA and PIPA would.
As a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and as a member of the House Cybersecurity Taskforce, I am committed to protecting the open and free nature of the internet, the valid and legal rights of intellectual property holders, and in fighting against intrusive and overbearing government regulation like SOPA in the House. If you would like more information on the OPEN Act, please visit www.keepthewebopen.com.
Again, thank you for writing to me. Also, I invite you to sign up for my e-updates by visiting my website at www.chaffetz.house.gov.
Member of Congress