Kaspersky Dumps BSA For Its Support Of SOPA; Says SOPA Hurts Consumers & Innovation

from the can't-support-that dept

Remember last month, when some SOPA supporters were pretending that because the Business Software Alliance (BSA) supported SOPA, it meant that all of its member companies supported SOPA too? Yeah, well, that resulted in the BSA backing down, after it realized (with some prompting from Microsoft) that perhaps SOPA wasn't such a good thing. It appears that that's not enough for some tech companies. Anti-virus firm Kaspersky has announced that it's dumping its association with the BSA because of its support for SOPA. The company says that it "does not support this initiative," explaining:
We believe that such measures will be used contrary to the modern advances in technology and the needs of consumers.
Perhaps the BSA will learn to not be so quick on the draw in the future to support every single idea to make copyright more and more draconian.
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Filed Under: innovation, pipa, policies, protect ip, sopa, support
Companies: bsa, kaspersky

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  1. identicon
    Loki, 5 Dec 2011 @ 4:39pm

    Re: It's true that SOPA isn't for "consumers".

    You seem to think that everyone has an all or nothing mentality on all issues. Given "piracy" isn't directly an issue for me the same way smoking isn't directly an issue for me (as neither are activities I engage in), argument "for" or "against" are more thought exercises than anything else.

    But let's look at your arguments:

    Pirates are by no stretch "consumers", as that implies someone who actually pays for what they consume.

    This is incorrect. SOME pirates are by no means "consumers". There are also many, many "pirates" who "try before they buy" the same way most people test drive a car before they make a purchase.

    And it's also anti-pirate, don't forget.

    This bill is about anti-pirate in the same way a flame thrower is anti-weeds. Sure a scorched-earth policy might keeps the weeds from growing, but it'll keep everything else from growing too. In fact the flame thrower is probably more affective, as it at least will probably stop the weeds, whereas this bill will do very little to stop "piracy" as it destroys/damages a lot of other things in the process.

    Kaspersky is one of the many bottom-feeders in the Microsoft food chain, depends entirely on FLAWS in Microsoft products.

    First off, as has been pointed out, Kaspersky (as does McAfee, Systemac and others) do a LOT more than just plug Microsoft holes. But more telling is the irony of your statement, given that using this same logic, one can reasonably argue that "pirates" depend entirely on FLAWS in entertainment industry products. If people are driven to unreliable business models, than piracy is sure to skyrocket. If people were offered reliable, cost effective way to consume content, piracy might plummet. -- So, though call.

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