Microsoft Finally Makes It Official That It Opposes SOPA.... As Written

from the note-the-caveat dept

Early on, Microsoft was a quiet -- but definite -- supporter of PIPA. When it came to SOPA, however, apparently had concerns... though it never said anything publicly, until now. On the eve of mass blackouts and protests, Microsoft has released a weak statement about how it opposes the bill "as written," which is somewhat meaningless, given that the bill is about to undergo a revision any way. Notice, too, that they only say SOPA... and not PIPA? Is it really that hard for Microsoft to realize that the whole concept behind these bills is broken? Or is Microsoft just confirming for us that it's past the "innovation" stage of its lifespan, and now moved on to the death spiral of "protecting the way things used to be?"

Filed Under: pipa, protect ip, sopa
Companies: microsoft

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    Liz (profile), 17 Jan 2012 @ 8:26pm


    Again, Google simply has no significant content business so it invents reasons why it cannot be subject to regulation.

    A simple "Google" search brings up this list:
    Pyra Labs-Blogger
    Neotonic Software-for CRM
    Applied Semantics-for search
    Kaltix Corp-for context sensitve search
    Genius Labs-for blogging
    Ignite Logic-web templates for law firms
    Picassa-digi photo management
    Keyhole Group-digital mapping
    Where 2 Technologies-digital mapping
    ZipDash-maps and traffic for mobile devices
    2Web Technologies-spreadsheets
    Dodgeball-mobile social networking
    Reqwireless Inc.-Java browser
    Current Communications Group-broadband internet
    Android-software for mobile phone o/s
    Transformic Inc-search engine for deep/invisible web
    Skia-graphics software engineering
    DMarc Broadcasting-digital radio broadcasting
    Measure Map-analytics for blogs
    Upstartle-Writely, document editor for the web
    @Last Software-SketchUp 3D modeling
    Orion-Referral search engine
    Neven Vision-automatic information extraction from jpgs
    Jotspot Ind-wiki platform for websites
    YouTube-online video company
    Endoxen-geomapping software
    Xunlei-filesharing app for the web
    Adscape Media-in-game advertising
    Gapminder's Trendalyzer-presentation software
    Doubleclick-ad platform for the web
    Tonic Systems-document conversion technology
    Marratech-video conferencing technology
    Green Border Technologies-secure web browsing tech
    Panoramio-photo site sharing for Google Earth
    Feedbumer-RSS feed distribution analytics and management
    GrandCentral-mobile voice management
    Postini-communications security and compliance

    Last I checked, that counts as "content."

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