Some of the largest and most popular tech companies in the world are throwing their support behind a bill that could lead to censorship on the Internet.
Apple, Microsoft and Adobe are just a few members of the Business Software Alliance, which has thrown its support behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), according to The Next Web.
SOPA, along with the PROTECT IP act in the Senate, give content-producing companies the right to order a take down for a website that they believe is infringing on a copyright. If you even host links to content that infringes on a copyright, you have to take it down.
If not, the copyright owner can request that the infringing site has its advertising and transaction revenue cut off. Or it can request that a domain name — like businessinsider.com — be blacklisted and rendered inaccessible.
Here’s the statement by the BSA on SOPA:
The Business Software Alliance today commended House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) for introducing the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (H.R. 3261) to curb the growing rash of software piracy and other forms of intellectual property theft that are being perpetrated by illicit websites.
And here’s a list of companies on the Business Software Alliance, according to The Next Web’s report:
- Bentley Systems
- Cadence Design Systems
- CNC Software – Mastercam
- Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation
- Progress Software
- Rosetta Stone
- Siemens PLM Software, Inc.
- The MathWorks