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Kaspersky ditches BSA over anti-piracy bill

Mat Bettinson
Kaspersky ditches BSA over anti-piracy bill

Russian security software vendor Kaspersky Lab has withdrawn from the Business Software Alliance over the trade group's support for the controversial US SOPA legislation.

"Kaspersky Lab is aware of the public controversy and debates sparked by the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)," the security vendor said in a statement before adding that the company doesn't support the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Kaspersky said that the firm believes that the US anti piracy law "might actually be counter-productive for the public interest."

The SOPA act is aimed at empowering US authorities to cut access to sites accused of copyright infringement including search engines and DNS providers.

Unsurprisingly the proposed legislation is extremely unpopular in the US and it's also opposed by a number of tech giants including Google, Facebook and eBay.

Previously the fallout had been centered on tech companies leaving the US Chamber of Commerce, a key backer of SOPA, but now it seems BSA is also caught in the fallout as companies like Kaspersky consider the bill a stretch too far in the fight against piracy.

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Tags: Piracy, Security, law

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