Lance Voices Concerns Over Controversial SOPA Bill

Rep. Leonard Lance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican representing New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, voiced concerns about the controversial “Stop Online Piracy Act,” or SOPA.

“I have strong concerns about the SOPA legislation and will vote against the measure in its current form,” Lance said.

“It is my opinion that the SOPA bill, as currently drafted, is overly broad and could discourage continued investment and innovation in broadband — ultimately harming consumers and costing high-tech jobs.

“Like many of my colleagues in Congress I have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and others expressing concerns about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation. As such it is my position that Congress should continue to examine the issue so that lawmakers and stakeholders can come to a consensus on how best to combat copyright infringement on the Internet.”

The bill, which would allow the government to take measures to prevent access to websites accused of hosting any material that infringes on copyrights, has drawn fire from a broad group of internet companies and free speech advocates.

It is supported by many giants of the entertainment media, who claim that they need the measure’s protections to stop losses to piracy facilitated through overseas websites that are largely immune to remedies offered by current laws.

Opponents of the bill fear that overbroad provisions could be used to censor legitimate expression. Websites that allow users to post content, like Facebook or YouTube do, could be at made inaccessible to U.S. visitors if any of their members posts something that allegedly violates copyright.

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