Microsoft Now Opposes SOPA, But Only 'As Currently Drafted'

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Many of the internet's big players, like Facebook, Google and Twitter, actively oppose SOPA. Now you can add Microsoft to that list. Well, kind of.


Micrsoft has been reluctant to voice its opinions on the bill until now. But yesterday a Microsoft spokesperson told GeekWire:

"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."

The statement to which that refers was about Domain Name System blocking — and has been seen as a softening but not a victory.

I guess Microsoft is conflicted over SOPA. It runs major online sites and services — MSN, Skype — but it's also suffered immensely with piracy in the past. This is, at least, a step in the right direction. [GeekWire; Image: Nils Geylen]



This all comes down to money. People will say that this bill will intrude our free speech amendment...and that's kinda true. But let's really look at the Internet stance at this. The only reason Google, twitter and facebook, is worried is because of the whole " I'm going to shut your site down, if you have pirated material posted on it". That point should be taken out. I find that to be the only valid reason for any opposition towards the bill.

Then you have sites like Piratebay who really have no excuse or reason to combat this bill. They easily guide people towards piracy. The real reason that people are upset over this bill is because, they wouldn't be able to illegally download their movies or songs anymore. People just don't want to pay for anything.

Look at Microsoft. The current bill is a mess but I see Microsoft totally favoring a future revision of it. Why would they not? People steal their stuff all the time. Who do you know that still pays for ms office or any other programs? ...Exactly!

People steal songs all the fucking time. I see artists who get attacked when they're against piracy. Pay for your damn things.

The Internet has given people the attitude that they can do whatever they want. We live in a time where we can get things fast and free. What pisses me off the most is when people listen to songs or watch shows on sites like YouTube and then argue about commercials. No one thinks about the costs of anything.

It's all about money. The snakes at the entertainment industries aren't any better. The film industry is trying to get the same level of support. as the drug companies get from the government. By shutting down all other sources (illegal, of course) of media, they will surely profit.