Senator Kirstin Gillibrand responds to my open letter

My letter here.

Her response:


February 1, 2012

Dear George,

Thank you for writing to me regarding S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act of 2011.  I understand the concerns that have been raised over the original approach towards solving the problem online piracy poses to our overall economy and New York jobs. All New Yorkers should be able to agree on the shared goals of cracking down on the illegal piracy of copyrighted material without any unintended consequences of stifling the internet or online innovation. 

After working hard with my colleagues to make important changes and improve the Protect IP legislation, it became clear that a consensus on a balanced approach to achieve these shared goals could not be reached. I believe it is time for Congress to take a step back and start over with both sides bringing their solutions to the table to find common ground towards solving this problem.      

Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter.  


Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator


Obviously it wasn’t on my account, but it does appear that she changed her position in direct response to the internet’s collective action.

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