Testimony before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade
Washington — April 7, 2011 —
Once approved and properly implemented, the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) currenly pending before Congress will reduce software piracy and create US jobs, Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman said today in testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Testimony to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade.
“BSA supports Congressional approval of the KORUS FTA at the earliest opportunity,” Holleyman said. “The biggest trade barrier that software companies face throughout the world is rampant theft of their products. Since the inception of negotiations our key goal for KORUS has been to preserve and supplement the strong IPR enforcement system Korea already has in place. We believe that, properly implemented, the KORUS FTA will do just that.”
“The copyright provisions of the KORUS FTA require the parties to implement levels of protection above those found in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the WIPO Copyright Treaty,” Holleyman noted. “The provisions build on these earlier agreements, filling in gaps and adding greater specificity and certainty.”
The KORUS FTA includes strong commitments in areas critical to the software industry, including cross-border trade in services; electronic commerce; and protection of intellectual property rights. In particular, certain provisions in the agreement supplement existing copyright rules to improve protection and recognize technological changes — thus lowering software piracy and ultimately creating more jobs.
“BSA believes our country’s ability to create jobs depends in large part on our ability to export,” said Holleyman. “We support the President’s ambitious goal of doubling US exports of goods and services over five years. Computer software is a critical sector in expanding exports.”
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.