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Schumer, Gillibrand say they'll fix SOPA/PIPA

The day of protest about congressional legislation to stop the piracy of movies, music, etc., by offshore websites -- with side effects that many charge would stifle and censor the Internet -- had its effects.

As the New York Tech Meetup 2012 staged a protest (see in Manhattan against New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, two of the co-sponsors of PIPA (Protect IP Act), the two Democrats issued a statement today saying they'd fix the bill.  

"We will continue to work with our colleagues to ensure a proper balance between stopping the theft of intellectual property and copyright infringement, and doing so without the unintended consequence of stifling or censoring the internet, which we strongly oppose," Schumer and Gillibrand said.

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) shifted from undecided to against the House version, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) until it is fixed to better balance the two sides' interests.

"I hope that as the legislative process continues, the important concerns of all parties can be addressed in a way that protects both property rights and the freedom of the Internet," Bishop said in a statement.

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who's seeking the Republican nod to run against Gillibrand, uses SOPA/PIPA Blackout Day of Protest to take a shot at her. "That Gillibrand would even contemplate such a Bill is both morally repugnant and unAmerican."

Guess that goes for U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who co-sponsors SOPA in the House. He had no immediate comment today about protests.

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