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SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is increasingly looking like an orphan: the Business Software Alliance has decided the legislation is looking over-the-top.

The BSA has taken a moment away from its anti-software-piracy mission to express concerns at the SOPA’s scope and the proposed processes.

“Due process, free speech, and privacy are rights [that] cannot be compromised”, writes the BSA’s president and CEO Robert Holleyman in this blog post.

Holleyman also appears to endorse concerns that the domain-blocking proposed by the RIAA and MPAA act’s Washington sponsors puts DNSSEC at risk, writing “the security of networks and communications is indispensable to a thriving Internet economy”.

“BSA has long stood against filtering or monitoring of the Internet. All of these concerns should be duly considered and addressed,” he concludes.

While endorsing the idea that “bad actors” need to be stopped, the BSA says a “fine touch” is needed.

While it’s almost certain that efforts to get SOPA passed will continue, its abandonment by a group representing a major stakeholder in the owners of software copyright has to be regarded as a major setback. ®

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