Josh Kaufman

Bestselling Author, Business & Self-Education

Letter to Representatives Regarding SOPA

Rep. Cory Gardner District: FH-CO04, CO Phone: (202) 225-4676 Fax: (202) 225-5870

Sen. Mark Udall Colorado Phone: (202) 224-5941 Fax: (202) 224-6471

Sen. Michael Bennet Colorado Phone: (202) 224-5852 Fax: (202) 228-5036

I am a constituent and I urge you to reject the Internet Blacklist Bills (PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House). I am deeply concerned by the danger these bills pose to Internet security, free speech online, and innovation.

This Internet Blacklist Legislation is dangerous and short-sighted, and I urge you to join Senator Wyden and other members of Congress, such as Representatives Lofgren, Eshoo and Issa, in opposing it.

Online publishing is at the core of my business. As a copyright holder (books and multimedia content), it is in my interest to maintain clear and straightforward ways to handle copyright infringements. I believe the provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 already provide sufficient protections for copyright holders, and additional regulation in this area is unnecessary.

Any legislation that includes provisions for blacklisting and/or removing alleged infringing content without due process is grossly unconstitutional. Our legal system exists for a reason.

I will be tracking your activities with regard to these bills closely. If you choose to support these bills (or others like them) in any way, I will actively campaign against your re-election, donate funds to your opponent’s campaign, and encourage others to do the same.

I am asking you to take a stand for free speech and due process - join with other members of Congress to oppose this bill, and to ensure similar legislation is never seen in the halls of Congress again.


Josh Kaufman

Representative democracy only works if you tell your representatives what you think. Most people don’t bother, so politicians feel free to do whatever they like or what they think will increase campaign contributions. Don’t allow your representatives to destroy free speech and due process without fully understanding the consequences.

You can send a similar letter here.

Published: December 16, 2011 Last updated: December 16, 2011

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