Microsoft finally issues SOPA opposition statement

Last November, the Business Software Alliance, which counts Microsoft as one of its members, pulled its previous support of the Stop Online Piracy Act. At the time many media outlets suggested that meant Microsoft was also no longer supporting SOPA; however the company did not issue a direct statement which stated its position on the proposed bill that is under debate by the US House of Representatives.

That changed today as Microsoft finally issued its own separate SOPA position, saying that the company is in opposition to the bill as it is currently written. The Seattle Times website has the statement from Microsoft which says:

We oppose the passage of the SOPA bill as currently drafted. We think the White House statement points in a constructive way to problems with the current legislation, the need to fix them, and the opportunity for people on all sides to talk together about a better path forward.

Microsoft's brief statement refers to an announcement made over the weekend on the White House web site where the Obama administration outlined its own issues with SOPA.

This news comes just a few hours before large web sites like Reddit, Wikipedia and many more plan to go dark for at least part of the day on Wednesday to protest the possible approval of SOPA in the US House.

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Mocosoft said,
Sopa hurts Apple. I support it.

-Sent from my iPhone 4s.

No it doesn't in fact apple will be beneficial with sopa not as much as Microsoft though since Microsoft products is more pirated every day. the thing is Microsoft has give statement but apple hasn't given any statement yet and that's why people should hate apple and love Microsoft for being against SOPA.

KingCrimson said,
Does Apple have anything to say on the matter?

Apple is a staunch supporter of SOPA/PIPA While Microsoft is against it, just shows you the difference in the mentality of the two companies.

sam232 said,

Apple is a staunch supporter of SOPA/PIPA While Microsoft is against it, just shows you the difference in the mentality of the two companies.

And people are going to give Apple a pass on it cause they are brainwashed while people are picking apart MS statement as not strong enough against SOPA.

Lame

"and the opportunity for people on all sides to talk together about a better path forward."

And instantly MS shows its true colors. The doors have been open for months now with politicians asking the tech companies to get in and help them with this bill. The opportunity has been there the entire time and they, like so many other companies, have been refusing to take a side. This is just as pathetic as GoDaddy flip flopping but at least GoDaddy made an attempt to work with politicians to do it right.

Brian Miller said,
If Facebook went dark, just like Wikipedia, then people would stand up and listen.

Actually, given Facebook's size, they'd probably create more news about the site being down than any news of why they'd be down in the first place. For that reason, it's probably better for Facebook not to participate, though having messages regarding SOPA as Google plans to do wouldn't be bad.

dead.cell said,

Actually, given Facebook's size, they'd probably create more news about the site being down than any news of why they'd be down in the first place. For that reason, it's probably better for Facebook not to participate, though having messages regarding SOPA as Google plans to do wouldn't be bad.
Unless they put a huge sign on the homepage saying "Down because of SOPA/PIPA. Click here for info". Which is what every site going dark will do. Facebook taking part would most definitely help the cause. No doubt about that.

DARKFiB3R said,
Unless they put a huge sign on the homepage saying "Down because of SOPA/PIPA. Click here for info". Which is what every site going dark will do. Facebook taking part would most definitely help the cause. No doubt about that.

Very true. My point was just about them not shutting down.

If Google halting ALL Google servers (ex Google search, YouTube, Circles, Gmail etc etc.. )participated in the blackout then SOPA would be dead.

Totalaero said,
If Google halting ALL Google servers (ex Google search, YouTube, Circles, Gmail etc etc.. )participated in the blackout then SOPA would be dead.

And the entire perceived IQ of the world would drop 30 points.

AmazingRando said,

And the entire perceived IQ of the world would drop 30 points.


IQ 100 is average, if everyone drops 30 points, the new 100 IQ will just be 30 points lower =p

Against the current draft, not the idea.
Intellectual property owners need to be respected.

Does anyone here think there is a core we can agree needs to be pursued?

dotf said,

Does anyone here think there is a core we can agree needs to be pursued?

No.

The Entertainment Cartel has had its day of complete monopoly over all content creation and distribution.

It's time they sank into the tar pits of digital distribution where they belong.

dotf said,
Against the current draft, not the idea.
Intellectual property owners need to be respected.

Does anyone here think there is a core we can agree needs to be pursued?

to be fair, the idea of SOPA (i.e. to remove piracy to the best of everyone's abilities) is a cool idea, however the implementation is absolutely insane, and it's the implementation which I'm sure everyone is against.

The Teej said,

to be fair, the idea of SOPA (i.e. to remove piracy to the best of everyone's abilities) is a cool idea, however the implementation is absolutely insane, and it's the implementation which I'm sure everyone is against.

To be fair, continuing to call non-criminal copyright infringement with criminal and commercial "piracy" continues to deliberately confuse the issue. Actual counterfeiting of commercial products for profit by unlicensed overseas manufacturers is a huge issue for all businesses and already the purview of law enforcement to police and combat.

Copyright infringement, on the other hand, can only be "combated" by making the digital products accessible in novel, convenient, and affordable ways - e.g. iTunes and Netflix are both doing very well thank you.

No amount of onerous attempts to police the Internet in an effort to restrict the free exchange of information will ever ultimately prove successful by these corporate interests.

They must adapt or go extinct.

Considering Microsoft has its own Anti-Piracy technologies, it's kind of cute how they don't support it, but do.

If that makes any sense.

Iian K said,
Considering Microsoft has its own Anti-Piracy technologies, it's kind of cute how they don't support it, but do.

If that makes any sense.


You obviously haven't done your research on SOPA, then.

Iian K said,
Considering Microsoft has its own Anti-Piracy technologies, it's kind of cute how they don't support it, but do.

If that makes any sense.

This is like saying they've used DMCA Takedowns in the past, therefore they support SOPA in a round about way (which btw, isn't true)

It is knowing on what side your toast is bettered. The internet is one of Microsoft's most important customers. . .that is you and I.

Anyone else think it's kind of cute that Microsoft is trying to be cool? We watched Microsoft grow, make mistakes, and now, this.