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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Senator Marco Rubio is in violation of H.R. 3261 S.O.P.A. and removed

Today, about an 3 hours ago, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida showed what it takes to be a real leader! It takes a real person with grit to stand up and switch his vote after reviewing just what this bill could do to 'The People'. He has my admiration and support in this decision as  He is dropping his co-sponsorship of  SOPA/Protect IP. Now if others too in Congress were to show some sand, this bill could go back to where it came from; the trash can. We have enough rules to regulations in this country and that is our problem to job creation; too many rules to letting someone just work. It seems we need a permit for a permit to get the permit? This HR 3261 would just cause a killing of the net as we know it and bring about a pirate network, much akin to Patriots printing in the days of our Colonial War...

As is stated on FaceBook: Senator Marco Rubio
A Better Way to Fight the Online Theft of American Ideas and Jobs
By Senator Marco Rubio

In recent weeks, we’ve heard from many Floridians about the anti-Internet piracy bills making their way through Congress. On the Senate side, I have been a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act because I believe it’s important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy, much of it occurring overseas through rogue websites in China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs.

However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies.

Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we've heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.
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