Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Reply from Representative Jim McGovern



Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) .  Freedom of speech and consumer protection  are important to me, and I appreciate hearing from you on this  important issue.

As you k now, SOPA aims to combat online piracy by authorizing the Attorney General to seek court orders against foreign infringing sites that are committing or facilitating trademark and copyright infringement.  While I do believe that internet piracy is an issue that should be addressed, SOPA, as written, runs counter to what I believe are fundamental rights for all Americans.  I plan on voting against the legislation in its current form, although   leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has indicated that this particular bill will not reach the floor for a vote.

Currently, H.R. 3261 awaits further consideration by the H ouse Committee on the Judiciary.  The Committee began consideration of the legislation in December, and plans to continue its deliberations in February.  As online piracy issues continue to be discussed, please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind.

Once again,  I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.  Please don't hesitate to contact me in the future regarding this or any other matter of concern.   


Sincerely,

Jim McGovern
Member of Congress

Thank you from Google!

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Thank you for taking action!


Last week you stood with millions of Americans to protect online freedom and innovation. Congress heard you, and delayed consideration of the PIPA and SOPA bills, which -- if enacted -- would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American businesses.

We hope that today you will join us in thanking your representatives for protecting the Internet.

And we want to thank you, again, for your actions last week. We are humbled that so many of you rallied around what we believe is the most transformative invention in history.

Until next time,
The Google team

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sunapee

About two weeks ago I hit the slopes of Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH.  This being my first time skiing at Sunapee I was both disappointed and very impressed at the same time.  Unfortunately at this time we had yet to get any natural snowfall this season. What this means is that the snow on the mountain was entirely man-made which limited the number of trails available as well as give us rather poor quality snow.  What impressed me was the sheer amount of artificial snow on the mountain. It was clear that even with mother nature not cooperating the mountain staff worked very hard to make the few open trails as enjoyable as possible.

I'll be going back up to Sunapee later this week and now that we've finally had some real snowfall I'm excited to try this mountain again.