My name is Viktyr L. Korimir. I became your constituent in November of 2011 when I moved to Ukiah from my previous residence in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
I am writing this letter to you today because of the threat to my civil rights and livelihood represented by the SOPA and PIPA bills that are currenly being discussed in Congress. As a professional writer in a niche publishing industry, I understand the importance of preventing piracy as much as anyone, but these bills under discussion would destroy my entire way of life.
I do the majority of my business over the Internet. I write content for websites about the roleplaying games industry-- one of the industries hardest hit by Internet piracy-- and I sell my material on the Internet and I promote my material on the Internet. The Internet is where my customers meet to use, discuss, and enjoy my material.
If these bills pass, the legitimate and law-abiding websites upon which my entire career rests will not be able to operate. Websites which rely on user-generated content cannot afford to monitor every third party that uses their services, and the capacity for spurious or even downright malicious accusations to force them to shut down means that many will not be able to afford to operate at all. I am a creative professional, the very kind of person that copyright laws were written to protect, and these bills if made law will destroy my career and the majority of my entire industry.
As an American citizen and a resident of your State, I implore you do the right thing here. I'm asking you to protect the Internet, protect free speech, and protect *me* from legislation that will destroy my way of life.
Your fellow American,