Microsoft's Cold Feet Over SOPA Behind BSA's 'Rethinking' Its Views
from the tech-turn-around dept
One of the big surprises this week was that the normally “maximalist” organization, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) — basically the RIAA of software — did an abrupt and unexpected turnaround on SOPA. While it had been close to gushing in its initial support, it backed that down quite a bit, noting that the bill would likely have unintended consequences that needed to be dealt with. Behind that shift? Apparently Microsoft. Microsoft, who has been quite aggressive on copyright (and patent) enforcement lately, has always publicly supported these bills, in contrast to nearly all of the rest of the tech industry. However, even it appears to recognize that SOPA goes way too far, and apparently had a little discussion with the BSA about backing down.
Equally interesting in that article? Even AT&T appears to be quietly pushing back against SOPA:
Microsoft isn’t the only company to embrace Protect IP yet have reservations about SOPA. Tim McKone, AT&T’s executive vice president of federal relations, told CNET last week that “we have been supportive of the general framework” of Protect IP. But when it comes to SOPA, all AT&T would say is that it is “working constructively with Chairman Smith and others toward a similar end in the House.”
To say this is unlike AT&T would be an understatement. It’s been expected all along that they would support whatever was proposed on the SOPA/PIPA front. Apparently, now that they’ve taken the time to actually understand what the bill proposes, they recognize how it goes way, way too far…