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BSA Says SOPA Needs More 'Work' Before Becoming Law

The Business Software Alliance claims the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act needs more work before it is passed as law.

The act, introduced by Texas Republican senator Lamar Smith, has been discussed in the US House of Representatives. The controversial act, which will change the Internet as we know it, has drawn widespread criticism and support from different IT quarters.

The Business Software Alliance, which includes members like Apple, Dell, and Microsoft, had earlier voiced its support from the act, but has now changed its opinion, The Inquirer reports (opens in new tab).

BSA president and CEO Robert Holleyman believe that the scale of the law and its implications on innovation and the market in general need to be studied before a law is passed.

"Last week, when the Committee held a hearing on SOPA, I listened carefully to Members' statements and questions as to how this balance would be achieved. It is evident from what I heard that much work remains ahead for the Committee," stated the BSA president.

"I believe the bill's basic goals should be to promote creativity - something software and computer companies are very good at - while deterring bad actors that profit from selling copies of software and other works they do not own. BSA firmly believes these goals are compatible and achievable," he added.

He also claims the bill in its current form would affect the entire Internet population and not just the offenders. The BSA said the bill needs to be tweaked to hunt down only the worst offenders.