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Kaspersky Quits BSA Over SOPA Support 140

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First time accepted submitter Cmdrm writes with an article about Kaspersky Lab quitting the BSA over their (now lukewarm) support of SOPA. From the press release: "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.'"
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Kaspersky Quits BSA Over SOPA Support

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  • PR stunt (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @05:19AM (#38277578)

    Looks like a PR stunt. They'll probably soon be back in.

  • Re:"might?" (Score:4, Interesting)

    by muon-catalyzed (2483394) on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @06:07AM (#38277762)
    Might translation: we fear that SOPA might actually hit our bottom line.

    Kaspersky Lab makes big $$$ over "checking" the pirated/counterfeit content to be virus free, so hardly any surprise here.
  • Re:Fuck the BSA (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @07:48AM (#38278168)

    Why are you all so frightful in the USA?
    Don't just say you have balls! Have some balls!

    They are the Mafia. Yes, they are dangerous fucked-up criminals. But the more you are frightened, and the more you give in, the more they grab power and take.
    In essence, if hitting you makes you obey, they know (and we know too) they can get away with hitting you again!

    That whole shit only started because people let themselves treat that way, or just were passive about the whole thing, in the first place! Which is exactly what happened back then when people wore very narrow mustaches and brown shirts, if you know what I mean.

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @08:56AM (#38278504) Homepage

    Mostly because the scouts were raided by the Mormons to become a recruiting agency.
    The Boy Scouts used to be a great organization. But recently it has became a utter mess pushing a religious agenda upon the kids.

  • Re:Fuck the BSA (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lumpy (12016) on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @09:05AM (#38278566) Homepage

    Every small business I know that has survived a BSA audit has switched to OSS. I made a hefty salary doing that over the past 10 years helping small business do just that.

    Changing out the backend to OSS is the most painless for them. switching to OSS apps under windows get them a taste. IT'w when you set up a single machine with linux and show them it works (and you have more control so elf bowling cant get installed, yes I know you can do this under windows) is when they go "oh really!" and jump on that bandwagon.

    Some apps they cant walk away from windows, but their liability is significantly reduced by fixing the mess that Microsoft has with their server licensing. Most businesses are out of compliance with their server licenses, and that is where the BSA typically nails them.

  • Re:Fuck the BSA (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Lumpy (12016) on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @09:06AM (#38278572) Homepage

    Replace BSA with OSHA you you have the same thing about workplace safety.

  • Re:Fuck the BSA (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kagetsuki (1620613) on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @09:38AM (#38278828)

    THIS! We were mainly OSS to begin with and that saved us, and we actually had all the boxes and receipts for everything else. But in the end after the BSA dropped their case we wiped everything and now every corporate machine is 100% OSS. I honestly hope they come after us again so we can just laugh at them. Fuckers.

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