SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) today:
“In 2005, YouTube was a small web company in my district that could show the occasional video of sleeping kittens. Today, YouTube is a virtual epicenter of creative energy, innovation, and community. The same web station that shows video clips of playing puppies, can show you pop sensations, how-to videos for just about every craft, sport, or subject, and even the It Gets Better Project which helps young people struggling with their sexuality to feel accepted. To make YouTube accountable for every megabyte of user generated content is absurd and that’s why I can’t support SOPA.
“While I support the goals of anti-piracy efforts and intellectual property protection for malicious websites, I do not support this bill which is overbroad in scope and could lead to unintended consequences for an open Internet, freedom of expression and commerce.”