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PROTECT IP Act Is A Powerful Tool to Fight Piracy, Says BSA

Leahy-Hatch-Grassley bill would curb the worst of the worst rogue websites
Washington — May 26, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous vote to approve the PROTECT IP Act (S.986), which aims to counter illegal online sales of pirated and counterfeit software and other products.

“I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for unanimously reporting the PROTECT IP Act,” said Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “Web-based businesses that illegally deal in pirated and counterfeit software are a rapidly growing problem. This bill is important because it targets the worst of the worst of those ‘rogue’ sites — illicit businesses dedicated to the theft of intellectual property.”

“Whether illegal copies of software programs are made available for downloading, or ordered online and delivered in a box, the theft harms American software developers, displaces legal sales, and costs jobs and tax revenues,” Holleyman said. “BSA looks forward to working with Senators Leahy, Hatch, Grassley and others as this bill moves through Congress to ensure it effectively targets the worst actors without constraining legitimate businesses or inhibiting technology innovation.”


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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.


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5/26/2011
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BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 60 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.
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