Washington, DC — September 20, 2012 —
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today applauded the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus for calling attention in its 2012 Watch List to countries where a lack of intellectual property rights enforcement is causing serious harm to American innovators, jobs, and the economy.
“The software industry is a key driver of the global innovation economy, but it continues to face widespread piracy and weak enforcement of intellectual property rights,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The total value of pirated software reached more than $63.4 billion worldwide last year, and the countries on this year’s watch list represent nearly a quarter of that amount.”
“Governments around the world must take action to ensure their laws protect innovators — and commit the resources necessary to ensure people understand and abide by those laws,” said Holleyman. “I applaud Senators Hatch and Whitehouse, Representatives Goodlatte and Schiff, and all the members of the Anti-Piracy Caucus for their leadership in helping to protect intellectual property rights of the innovators who play such a critical role in driving the US and global economy.”
The Business Software Alliance ( www.bsa.org ) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of more than 70 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.