I oppose SOPA because it presents a serious threat to Internet freedom and our Constitutional rights.ow.ly/8z46M
— Todd Rokita (@ToddRokita) January 19, 2012
If you were at the TRAFFIC Conference in October of 2010 in Miami, it’s possible you met Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita, a friend of longtime domain investor Chad Folkening. At the time, Mr. Rokita was Indiana Secretary of State and he was in a contested race for the Congressional office he eventually won.
Congressman Rokita became familiar with the domain investment space many years ago, through his connection with Chad. I had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Rokita, and I came away impressed by his knowledge of the domain investment industry as well as his clear passion for public service.
This morning, I read a Twitter post from Congessman Rokita regarding SOPA, and I want to share the contents of the press release that was posted on his website. Congressman Rokita has announced his intention to vote against the Stop Online Piracy Act if it comes before the US 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.“
Thank you to Congressman Rokita.