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Microsoft Opposes SOPA Piracy Act, Won’t Shut Services

Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, said it opposes an anti-piracy measure being considered by the U.S. Congress, though it won’t follow other companies in shutting services to protest.

Microsoft said in an e-mailed statement that it opposes the current version of the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at cracking down on the sale of counterfeit goods.

“We oppose the passage of the SOPA bill as currently drafted,” Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said. “Hundreds of millions of customers rely on our services every day so we don’t plan to shut those down to express our view.”

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