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January 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Microsoft opposes SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), now being considered in Congress, has been gaining increased attention with a number of tech companies, including Wikipedia and Google, announcing plans to protest it.

Google said it will post an anti-SOPA statement on its homepage and Wikipedia plans a 24-hour blackout Wednesday in protest.

Microsoft isn’t taking that public a route but it has issued a statement saying:

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.”

Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton writes more about the anti-SOPA protests here.

[Update 5:43 p.m.: Amazon issued the following statement regarding SOPA: “As much as we dislike piracy, we strongly oppose SOPA in its current form.”]

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