Curbing theft of US products would increase job-creating sales and exports
Washington — March 15, 2011 —
The Business Software Alliance today applauded a series of legislative proposals that the Obama administration has sent to Congress to improve intellectual property enforcement.
“By taking a strong leadership role, the Obama administration is raising the bar on intellectual property enforcement,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The recommendations released today are important because they demonstrate a determination to bolster intellectual property protections for software and other industries affected by widespread piracy and counterfeiting.”
“I urge Congress to act on the administration’s recommendations because they will make a real difference in curbing the theft of US products — and that will benefit the whole economy by increasing legitimate, job-creating sales and exports,” said Holleyman.
“Stronger US laws to protect intellectual property rights also give US officials greater moral authority and leverage in negotiating for similar protections with our trading partners,” Holleyman added.
The administration’s new proposals, unveiled today by US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, would increase criminal penalties for a number of intellectual property offenses, improve coordination among federal agencies and law enforcement authorities, and create new legal tools to stop online piracy.
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, Cadence, CNC/Mastercam, Compuware, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.