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Who Else is Behind SOPA? (Other Than Hollywood, We All Know That)

First what is SOPA anyways? Hit the link to learn more about it if you don’t already know. Perhaps a more important question, what does it have to do with someone living outside US? After all, they should bear the consequences of letting a bunch of Hollywood studios control their congress. But that’s not the entire issue here; we are talking about a country that more or less is still in control of significant part of Internet infrastructure and their (stupid) actions can affect everyone else.

In Australia, we had this blacklisting and Internet censorship issue too. Fortunately, due to significant opposition (yeah, surprisingly even from US government!) it has gone away for a while and now late to the bandwagon is US congress. Going back to the topic, we all know Hollywood is stuck to the business model of ripping off people and they try everything to force people to fill up their pockets but what interests me most is the support of Business Software Alliance. Here is the list of its members:

  • Adobe
  • Apple
  • Autodesk
  • AVG
  • Bentley Systems
  • CA
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • CNC Software – Mastercam
  • Compuware
  • Corel
  • Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation
  • Dell
  • Intel
  • Intuit
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Microsoft
  • Minitab
  • Progress Software
  • PTC
  • Quark
  • Quest
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Siemens PLM Software, Inc.
  • Sybase
  • Symantec
  • TechSmith
  • The MathWorks

It is very sad to see many big software company behind SOPA. If you live is US, get involve and do something about it. For the rest of us, consider not to purchase software or hardware from these companies to let them now it takes more than quality products (I’m referring to Intel here, I’m no Apple fan) to gain customers.