WRITTEN BY ALLISON WAY, SENIOR COPYWRITER & CHIEF EDITOR
This morning at The Gigabit Challenge Finale, Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan) announced his efforts to stop the SOPA Act that is currently taking a toll on modern entrepreneurs, innovators and startup companies.
Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as SOPA) is a bill that would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. The bill, however, will prevent tech entrepreneurs from continuing to innovate with the speed and flexibility that we are currently used to.
Senator Moran announced this morning that he is going to fight to stop SOPA from passing.
"In our opinion, the damage that SOPA could cause is so great for entrepreneurs," said Senator Moran. "They will not be able to innovate like they do now. There has to be a better way to solve this online problem."
Senator Moran believes that the best way to solve the problem is by the creation of what he called the Open Act. "We want to make this a legislation as well...and do it the right way," he says.
Senator Moran's focus is for the SOPA bill to not exceed 60 votes. The Senator believes that this will be a difficult task due to the broad support that SOPA has received.
"We need to think about what SOPA means for entrepreneurs and small businesses," said Senator Moran this morning. "We need to make sure that entrepreneurs understand the threat and connect them with elected officials."
This announcement could not have occurred at a better time--on the same day that huge tech companies such as Wikipedia and Reddit are protesting SOPA with website "blackouts".
Click here to sign the petition to help Senator Jerry Moran stop SOPA: http://www.moranforkansas.com/stop-sopa-and-pipa.
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