The biggest names in tech—i.e. Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, etc.—have long been unequivocal in their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the subject of today’s highly publicized congressional hearing.
On the other hand, one heavyweight hasn’t been so openly against the bill: Microsoft. Understandably, it’s had to toe the line on the issue, since Internet freedom allows properties such as MSN and Bing to thrive, while the likes of Xbox Live is subject to piracy.
Yesterday, Microsoft finally mustered up the balls and finally took a stance, albeit a half-hearted one, telling 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.”