Microsoft Statement on CCIA Filing Regarding Copyright

REDMOND, Wash., AUG. 8, 2007 – The following is a statement made by Blair Westlake, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Media and Entertainment, on a complaint filed by the Computer & Communication Industry Association (CCIA) with the Federal Trade Commission regarding copyright:

“Microsoft has a long history of supporting balanced copyright laws that both provide healthy incentives for creators and copyright owners and, through the application of a robust fair use doctrine, protect legitimate interests of consumers. I wanted to make clear that while Microsoft is a member of CCIA, it was not involved with CCIA’s decision to draft and file a complaint with the FTC. While Microsoft remains a committed member of CCIA, we disagree with this complaint because it stands to cloud, rather than clarify, the rights of both owners and users of content.”

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