Thursday, January 19, 2012

Reply from Senator Mark Begich--First Amendment right.

 All the Senators and President are sworn to uphold the Constitution but will violate their Oath of Office in favor of corporate money--or at least that is their excuse for taking away your First Amendment Right to free Speech along with your 4th and 5th Amendment rights.

January19, 2012

Dear Mr. Kroll:

Thank you for contacting me about the Protecting Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act(PROTECT IP). I support a free and open Internet.

With online commerce continuing to grow and evolve as a significant portion of our country's economy—as well as day-to-day life for many Alaskans—it is important we maintain the free flow of information while at the same time protecting users against the threat of cyber theft or attack.  The debate about how to protect intellectual property rights and fight online piracy and counterfeit operations has been going on for over a decade. 

Both the PROTECT IP Act and the version in the House of Representatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), have received a large amount of attention from consumers and companies who are concerned about the impact on innovation and the flow of information online.  I believe intellectual property rights should be respected and we should address how they are enforced.  However, I do not feel the protections should restrict the flow of information through search engines or technical alterations. I will continue to review the legislation and details as we move closer to a vote.

I am continuing to monitor the development of online commerce which I believe will help grow businesses in Alaska.  Online privacy and the protection of free speech are important to Alaskans, and I appreciate hearing your comments on pending legislation.

Please feel free to stay in touch as we continue to debate these issues. 

Mark Begich
U.S. Senator

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