Software Audits In India Block Companies From Backing Up Their Data, Claiming It's Infringement
from the yikes dept
The BSA quickly responded, asking the blog owner to post its detailed response, where it defends the raids. Unfortunately, its defense is incredibly weak. It starts off -- as does pretty much every BSA story -- with it claiming that "independent studies" show how much damage to the wider economy unauthorized file sharing does. That's not accurate at all. We've picked apart the numbers before, showing how the BSA numbers are totally bogus (and, while it's a third party that came up with the numbers, it's entirely paid for by the BSA). A big part of the problem is that the industry only looks at the downside to the economy, and doesn't include any factor to recognize that companies that use unauthorized software also help the economy. Perhaps the downsides outweigh the upsides... but totally ignoring all upsides and then double, triple and quadruple counting the downsides via "ripple effects" does not make for a credible study.
However, the BSA then goes on to defend the practice of not allowing companies to back up their data, by basically saying "hey, that's the law." But, of course, that only supports the original poster's complaint that this is effectively "court sponsored extortion." It does nothing to explain what's illegal about backing up your data (which is not covered by the copyright of the software companies).
Of course, in the end, all these sorts of tactics do is push people to explore open source alternatives, not just because they're cheaper (sometimes free, though, not always), but because they don't have to put up with legal bullying and extortion-like tactics.