Key opportunities include holding China to its promises on software legalization and curbing infringement among federal contractors
Washington, DC — March 30—
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today applauded progress the Obama Administration has made in carrying out its Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, noting areas in the second annual White House report to Congress where there are important opportunities to continue building momentum.
“I commend Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel and the Obama Administration for bringing focused determination to the task of protecting IP rights,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “This year’s report to Congress highlights some noteworthy accomplishments and also some important opportunities to continue forging ahead.”
“China is the world epicenter of software piracy, and President Obama, Vice President Biden, and key members of the Cabinet have repeatedly pressed their Chinese counterparts on the issue,” Holleyman said. “The Administration has succeeded in securing commitments from the Chinese government to strengthen IP enforcement. It will be important to hold China to those promises in the near and long term.”
“Here at home, the Administration is conducting a noteworthy review of Federal policies and practices to ensure that government contractors use only legal software,” said Holleyman. “This is is critically important both in the signal it sends to the US marketplace and in the standard it sets for other countries to follow. We look forward to working with the Adminstration to ensure its contractor review results in meaningful actions.”
“The White House helped ensure a level playing field for innovators when it reaffirmed last year that the Federal government will make procurement decisions in a technology-neutral way,” Holleyman noted. “It also has played a key role in encouraging industry to reach voluntary agreements to reduce sales of counterfeit and pirated products.”
“I encourage the Administration to continue pressing forward with its Joint Strategic Plan,” Holleyman said. “In creating the Office of the IP Enforcement Coordinator, Congress recognized there is a vital link between protecting intellectual property and fostering US competitiveness, economic growth, and job creation. Today’s report shows the IPEC process is working the way it was intended.”
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.