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My SOPA/PIPA e-mail to Rep. Justin Amash and Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin

I make my living developing copyrighted content. I pay my Federal and Michigan taxes with the income I derive writing iPhone and iPad apps, and books about programming.

It is absurdly easy to pirate my work. Google for “adamson ios sdk torrent” and you’ll find the latest book I’m co-authoring available by BitTorrent, despite the fact that my co-author and I haven’t even finished the book yet. Jailbreaking of the iPhone also makes it easy to steal the apps I write.

Nevertheless, I am appalled by the proposed “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA), and the manner in which it has been brought before Congress. The December hearings in the House featured effectively no competent techincal testimony from Internet engineers, and looked to me like it was meant for show at best.

The legislation is rife with over-broad language and unintended consequences, and has little prospect of effectively stopping piracy, while causing massive collateral damage to all manner of legitimate and productive business and art.

Its supporters in Hollywood claim they’re protecting jobs, but what they’re protecting, at best, are their own outdated business models of deliberate scarcity. If you want to reform IP law to protect jobs, how about cleaning up the granting of software patents for trivial ideas, something that presents an imminent mortal threat to my industry?

This is terrible, terrible legislation, and it is shameful that the Congress has allowed it to get as far as it has. If it passes, you will be held accountable.

Your constituent,
Chris Adamson

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