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Public Interest Letter Against SOPA

CDT and other public-interest advocates sent this letter to Congress to express our deep concern with H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA). While we support appropriate copyright enforcement and want to ensure that creators around the world have the opportunity to be compensated for their works, SOPA as constructed would come at too high a cost to Internet communication and noninfringing online expression. The bill would set an irreversible precedent that encourages the fracturing of the Internet, undermines freedom of expression worldwide, and has numerous other unintended and harmful consequences.