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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Has Many Supporters and Non-Supporters

The greater Internet community seems to be heading in two different directions over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The act, revealed in late October, is facing mass criticism over the fact that it will essentially "break the Internet."

Major Internet names such as Google, eBay, and Facebook publicly opposed the bill and made their positions clear by saying that they do not want this act to be introduced. However, interestingly, gaming giants Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are in full support of the bill.

To be very specific this new bill covers the web sites of the whole world and holds that punitive action will be taken against web sites which facilitate infringement of copyright by users. This bill expands the jurisdiction of the US over foreign web sites responsible for violating US copyright. This puts the Internet user in the crossfire.

As members of the Business Software Alliance, Microsoft and Apple have shown their support for the bill. This trade group is represents Adobe, Dell, and McAfee, according to a report on

Sony, EA, and Nintendo have also sent a letter to congress encouraging congress to introduce more this type of legislation.