Cicilline is Opposed to Piracy Bill, Too

Representative David Cicilline has announced his opposition to the anti-Internet piracy bills, too, leaving Senator Sheldon Whitehouse as the lone supporter in the Rhode Island delegation. Cicilline's statement:

“After careful review of the proposed legislation and reflecting on the concerns expressed to me by Rhode Islanders,  I have decided to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act as it is currently drafted.”

“Although I am deeply concerned that online piracy is a serious issue confronting American businesses and intellectual property owners, as currently written, SOPA unduly burdens constitutional rights of freedom of speech and due process, poses significant threats to the Internet remaining open, safe and secure, and could stifle future innovation that would be counterproductive to future growth and development of our nation.”   

“I spoke to Congressman Berman, one of the cosponsors today, and understand that substantial revisions of the proposed bill are likely, and I will, of course, continue to pay close attention to any new versions of this bill."

I've been working, for the past week, on a cover story for the Phoenix on SOPA and the Senate version of the bill, the protect IP Act (PIPA). It should be up on the web site late this afternoon and on newsstands tomorrow morning.



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