Whether passing the 9/11 Health Bill, repealing DADT, or my call to action for women, I have always urged New Yorkers to make their voices heard. There has been an outpouring of democracy in action over the last several weeks on PIPA & SOPA. While many of my colleagues and I have worked hard to address concerns with the current bill, it is clear this proposal will not create consensus on how to crack down on the real problem of online theft that threatens tens of thousands of New York jobs in a balanced way that ensures our tech companies will continue to flourish. It is time for Congress to take a step back and start over with both sides bringing their solutions to the table to find common ground towards solving this problem. New talks between stakeholders -- media companies, music and film companies, Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley here in New York is a critically needed step forward. Make no mistake, we must act to protect the theft of intellectual property that costs our economy billions in revenue -- but we must get it right without unintended consequences that could stifle the internet.Obviously, I've been a big supporter of Sen. Gillibrand's.
I did recognize the day would come I would disagree with her position on something, and I was dreading it. That day came with this bill.
Few people actually support intellectual copyright theft, but with the government demonstrating with Megaupload, it already has the power to shut down sites suspected of digital piracy, it's foolishness to argue we must rush to pass what is clearly a poorly written, over-reaching piece of legislation. And I'm glad the senator now agrees.
Thank you for this, Sen. Gillibrand. I am glad she has responded to her constituents' concerns and acted in an appropriate manner.