Senator Lugar responds to PIPA and SOPA

Contacted him saying to stop them dead in their tracks... here is his reply.



Dear Mr. Mercer:


Thank you for sharing with me your opposition to proposals such as S. 968, the Protect IP Act of 2011, and H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act.  I share many of the concerns that were raised about this legislation.


As you may know, Majority Leader Reid indefinitely postponed Senate consideration of the Protect IP Act.


The widespread use of digital media is still a relatively new phenomenon, and the law has not caught up with all the capabilities available to anyone with a computer and Internet access.  This has prompted a vigorous debate on how digital copyrights should be protected, particularly with respect to the ongoing conflict between the rights of artists and producers to protect their intellectual property versus the recognized right of consumers to make recordings for personal use.


While I believe that we must ensure the continuing integrity of our important copyright laws both domestically and abroad, I agree that enforcement must take place in a manner that protects the rights of all parties involved.  I will continue to closely follow this issue.  Again, thank you for contacting me.



                                                            Richard G. Lugar
                                                            United States Senator