Dear Mr. Antwiler,
Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act of 2011.
As you know, H.R. 3261 was introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) on October 26, 2011. The legislation would allow the Attorney General of the United States to seek injunctions against foreign websites that sell counterfeited American products. The bill also increases criminal penalties for individuals who traffic in counterfeit goods. H.R. 3261 has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, where it is pending further consideration.
While this legislation seeks to protect intellectual property rights, I’m concerned that it may overreach and have unintended consequences. I will continue to monitor the progress of H.R. 3261 as it moves through the committee process. Please be assured that I will keep your comments in mind should the House of Representatives consider this issue.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again in the future. I also encourage you to visit my website, which may be found at http://flake.house.gov/
Sincerely, JEFF FLAKE Member of Congress