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Microsoft Opposes SOPA Piracy Act, Won’t Shut Services

(Corrects first paragraph to remove reference to Google shutting services.)

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- 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.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Dina Bass in Seattle at dbass2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net

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