Kaspersky Lab has pulled out of the Business Software Alliance (a trade group dominated by Microsoft) because of the group's support for the Internet-killing SOPA law currently working its way through the US House of Reps: "the company believes that the SOPA initiative might actually be counter-productive for the public interest, and decided to discontinue its membership in the BSA as of January 1, 2012."

9 Responses to “Business Software Alliance fractures over SOPA support”

  1. Mordicai says:

    The rest of the BSA should note: Kaspersky Lab is getting good publicity cheap; all they had to do was drop out of the BSA & oppose cutting off their nose to spite their face.  Seems like a no-brainer.

  2. Thad Boyd says:

    Odd; I thought the BSA had backed off SOPA ( http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/11/even-the-business-software-alliance-now-backpedaling-on-sopa-support.ars ).  Guess they haven’t backed off enough.

  3. t3kna2007 says:

    > Business Software Alliance fractures

    Good. May it continue, and spread like a fractal virus to its member organizations as long as they support SOPA.

  4. “the company believes that the SOPA initiative might actually be counter-productive for the public interest”

    Might?

    MIGHT?

  5. MrEricSir says:

    You know we’ve gone too far with censorship when Russians are telling us to back off.

  6. The Chemist says:

    This is interesting. I’ll bet Symantec wouldn’t do this. I still remember how they let Sony bypass their software and install malware on their customer’s computers.

  7. digi_owl says:

    Dominated by Microsoft? I thought MS had to basically be browbeaten into joining back in the day. I think it may even be BSA that had MS introduce the more stringent license checks like WGA, even tho ol’ Gates was more then happy to let people copy Windows as that meant they where not looking into alternatives.

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