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Microsoft's outreach memo

Company's letter offers anti-piracy aid

Looking to strengthen ties with Hollywood as it delves deeper into online video, Microsoft on Tuesday sent a memo to top execs at all the major media congloms offering to work closely with them to combat piracy, but not to implement the kind of filtering technology Viacom is demanding on YouTube.

Confidential memo obtained by Daily Variety was sent by Microsoft to media toppers such as Peter Chernin, Jeff Zucker and Bob Iger as well as heads of the major labels. It outlines the tech giant's approach to Soapbox, its newly launched viral video service on MSN that is going up against YouTube, MySpace Video and others

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