updated 09:15 pm EST, Tue November 22, 2011
Latest industry group to oppose bill
The Business Software Alliance has added itself to the growing list of organizations that oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act. The group, which represents several large players such as Microsoft and Apple, initially supported the proposed legislation, however it has changed its stance due to concerns over certain elements that are expected to be troublesome for legitimate companies rather than copyright violators.
In a blog post, BSA CEO Robert Holleyman suggests the group still supports the bill's goal of deterring software piracy by making it difficult to profit from stolen material. The executive admits, however, that many companies appear to have legitimate concerns over the scope and implementation of the proposals.
"It is intended to get at the worst of the worst offenders," Holleyman said. "As it now stands, however, it could sweep in more than just truly egregious actors."
In a recent Congressional hearing, the Motion Picture Association of America raised eyebrows when it referenced China as an example of a successful model for Internet censorship. The movie studio group also failed to provide any further details surrounding the technical challenges that must be overcome before blocking blacklisted sites.
It remains unclear if the SOPA bill will be enacted, though it does have support from both sides of the aisle. [via InformationWeek]