Rokita Opposes SOPA

Jan 19, 2012 Issues: Economy and Jobs

Today Rep. Todd Rokita released the following statement expressing his intention to vote against the Stop Online Piracy Act if it comes before the House of Representatives:

“I oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) because it presents a serious threat to Internet freedom and our Constitutional rights.  If it comes before the House in its current form I will vote against it.

 Internet piracy is a serious problem. It robs American companies and innovators of their intellectual property, and it destroys American jobs.  That said, the threats SOPA poses to Internet freedom and free speech as well as the serious questions regarding its effectiveness in combating Internet piracy are too great for me to support it.  I believe there is a way to protect intellectual property while still protecting Internet freedom, but SOPA is not it.”