Microsoft has closed its Soapbox or video sharing sight for a couple of moths. This step has been taken to ensure that they develop some kind of a safeguarding system before the site becomes open to all. Soapbox was very recently launched in September and it was made open to all only in February this year.
No new subscribers will be accepted, but anyone who has already signed up for Soapbox can continue to access the site, said Adam Sohn, a director in Microsoft's online-services group.
Microsoft stood to be embarrassed by the existence of pirated work on Soapbox. There was a real possibility that the company could have found itself distributing video from News Corp. and NBC Universal, at the same time another one of its units was hosting material stolen from those same companies.
A lot of other companies which includes Google as well have been sued for online video piracy during the recent times.