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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    TtfnJohn (profile), 6 Dec 2011 @ 12:58am


    I guess you're going to have to boycott all Microsoft products from here on in because they were one of the biggies that basically told the Business Software Association to back off on it's too too enthusiastic support for SOPA and ProtectIP. I suspect other biggies such as Adobe were trying to get them to do the same thing. I guess you'll have to boycott open source software as they're opposed right across the spectrum. You're going to be looking scratching hard to find a tech company closed or open source that unreservedly supports these bills. No the bill doesn't affect their AV business. That's not the only line of business they're in. They've also worked and continue to work with the Apache Foundation on software that works with the Apache Web Server and it WILL affect that part of their business. Oh heck, why bother. I ought to dash off a macro for this but here goes: SOPA in not about the artists, never has been. It's about supporting a failing industry that will say anything, lie about anything in order to get protectionist welfare from the United States in order not to adapt to a changed marketplace. I know that legislators can be bought off. That seems to have happened. What's your excuse?

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