Kaspersky Labs Quits BSA Over Proposed U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Russian anti-virus software maker Kaspersky Labs has quit the Business Software Alliance trade group in protest against the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

In the US, there is a war raging against the controversial and draconian SOPA which would allow rights holders to obtain permission from the courts to order ISPs, search engines and other online companies to block the ‘accused' website from access by US online users.

The BSA stated that even though the intentions of the act were admirable, it still needs to be improved upon before being passed into law.

Kaspersky Labs has rejected the act outright and has even withdrawn its BSA membership to protest against it. The security software maker said it the proposed act is not in the interest of the public, as reported by Cnet.

"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," said the company in a statement.