Security software maker Kaspersky Lab has announced that they do not support the SOPA that has become a hot topic of discussion in the USA and they are quitting the BSA over it.
BSA of course is supporting SOPA. BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman recently spoke about their views about this anti-piracy act: “The idea behind SOPA, as Chairman Smith explained at last week’s hearing, is to remove pirates’ ability to profit from their theft. We think that is the right approach as long as it is done with a fine touch.”
Kaspersky had this to say: “Kaspersky Lab is aware of the public controversy and debates sparked by the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Kaspersky Lab is occasionally mentioned in the discussion as a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which supports the SOPA initiative. Kaspersky Lab would like to clarify that the company did not participate in the elaboration or discussion of the SOPA initiative and does not support it. Moreover, 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.”
This is getting interesting.