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Torgerson, Ellison Find Common Ground Against SOPA

Legislation designed to curtail Internet piracy has met steep public opposition.

While U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, of Minnesota's Fifth District, and opponent Lynne Torgerson don't seem to share many political opinions and ideas, they oppose recent legislative efforts to stop Internet piracy.

to show his opposition tothe U.S. House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill and the Senate companion bill, Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Ellison wrote that the legislation would "devastate free speech, Internet innovation and job creation. I strongly oppose these bills and believe there are better ways to fight piracy without infringing upon Americans' right to free speech."

The next day, Torgerson tweeted, simply: "Stop SOPA."

The bills are designed to make it harder for people to sell or distribute pirated copyrighted material, such as movies and music, online.

In addition, , 96 percent of people agreed with Ellison and Torgerson as of 4 p.m. Sunday, opposing the two bills. The poll is still collecting data.

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