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Contact: Greg Lemon
Kirk Announces Opposition to PROTECT IP Act
WASHINGTON - United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today released the following statement announcing his opposition to S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act.
“Freedom of speech is an inalienable right granted to each and every American, and the Internet has become the primary tool with which we utilize this right. The Internet empowers Americans to learn, create, innovate, and express their views. While we should protect American intellectual property, consumer safety and human rights, we should do so in a manner that specifically targets criminal activity. This extreme measure stifles First Amendment rights and Internet innovation. I stand with those who stand for freedom and oppose PROTECT IP, S.968, in its current form.”
Victory! It was a surprising relief that caught us off guard and rendered pages of prepared notes now useless. I won’t go into much detail, as I attended as a citizen rather than a journalist, but we discussed the bill and possibilities of similar legislation for about 20 minutes before heading out and splitting into a smaller group to stop by Senator Durbin’s office, which was only one floor down. A representative at Senator Durbin’s office agreed to sit down with two of our members and we are waiting to hear back as to how it went! The phones in Senator Durbin’s office were ringing off the hook! All in opposition to the SOPA and PIPA bills. We are waiting to hear back with how it went.
Yes an updated, and more well-written post is in order, I know, so stop back soon for updates.
We also have a facebook group up and running if anyone wants to join and stay up to date with the issue: Illinois For Internet Freedom