TNW’s Alex Wilhelm reports that Eugene Kaspersky of Kaspersky Labs has made the decision to leave the Business Software Alliance over its support for SOPA – the Stop Online Piracy Act.
“Yes, we’re leaving BSA because of their support for #SOPA.” He told The Inquirer that “#SOPA is the vinyl-era legislation trying to manage the industry that requires a different approach,” said Kaspersky.
Kaspersky Lab is an international antivirus software developer specializing in both home and enterprise Internet security.
For those not in the know, SOPA is the result of government legislation that enables, in effect, an “Internet kill switch” and puts it in the hands of copyright holders. Any website suspected of hosting pirated media could be shut down without notice and no due process. Not only is this a violation of free speech, but it is a violation of one of our most basic legal tenants: innocent until proven guilty. It is a flagrant disregard for what the Internet represents in our modern era- a free and open forum for sharing, discussion and world wide communication.
I’m glad to see companies like Kaspersky recognizing the danger of this power and I hope that more are to follow.
To see someone get really riled up about SOPA, head over to Tekzilla at Revision3 and watch Patrick Norton get on his soap box.