Apple and Microsoft's Tacit SOPA Support

During the deluge of protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from tech companies and civil rights groups alike, the Business Software Alliance, who counts Apple and Microsoft in their ranks, issued a glowing vote of support for the law. Despite the folks in Cupertino having stayed fairly silent on the issue, the unabashedly anti-SOPA blogosphere is glaring at Apple for what the apparent betrayal. (Microsoft betrayed the SOPA critics long ago with an assertive letter of support for PROTECT IP, the stalled Senate equivalent to SOPA.) The Apple fanboy blogs seem to be in a state of disgruntled denial.

Before digging into the blogger backlash, it's worth addressing the broader debate behind SOPA. The proposed law is designed to better protect intellectual property from being pirated, but because of a number of unintended consequences, the bills language would effectively allow the government to censor the internet.

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