Anti-virus and security software maker Kaspersky is not happy with the Business Software Alliance's early support of SOPA and Protect IP in the U.S. Even though the BSA later walked back its support of SOPA, the Russian firm has had enough. It announced that it plans to leave the BSA over its support for SOPA. Kaspersky has announced that on January 1st 2012 it will withdraw its membership of the BSA.
“Kaspersky has not participated in drafting the bill, nor participated in the debate on SOPA, and does not support this initiative,” the company said in a statement.
The company is of the opinion that SOPA goes too far in trying to fight copyright and trademark infringement, will hinder innovation, and will ultimately hurts end-users.
"We believe that such measures will be used contrary to the modern advances in technology and the needs of consumers," the company added.
Kaspersky’s departure from the BSA may put pressure on the group to soften its stance on SOPA further, but it has to also worry about its other members who strongly support the bills before US lawmakers.