WASHINGTON, DC — November 7, 2012 —
With the 2012 election decided, BSA | The Software Alliance today urged the Obama Administration and incoming 113th Congress to accelerate the digital economy by protecting intellectual property and pressing forward-leaning policies on digital trade and cloud computing.
“This election campaign was about growing the economy and creating jobs,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The Obama Administration and 113th Congress have an opportunity to accomplish both of those goals in the innovation-driven IT sector by safeguarding intellectual property rights and protections, opening global markets to digital trade, and fostering the growth of cloud computing.”
“I congratulate President Obama on his reelection,” Holleyman said. “In the last four years, the Administration has made commendable progress in elevating intellectual property issues through a coordinated domestic effort and concerted dialogue with key trading partners. In the next four years, it will be important for the Administration and Congress to continue building on that progress — especially through trade negotiations such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
“In delving into technology issues, Members of Congress should always keep in mind that IP rights and protections are indispensable to innovation and all the economic and social benefits that come with it,” said Holleyman. “Eroding the ability to commercialize IP-based innovations would cost our industry and the broader economy dearly.”
“This is a period of rapid evolution in technology,” said Holleyman. “Innovations like cloud computing offer tremendous new opportunities to expand trade, but there are obstacles to overcome. Many of America’s most important trading partners are adopting protectionist policies that specifically target IT. We need to advance a digital trade agenda in the TPP and other agreements to guarantee open, fair market access for all of the products and services that enable the information age. It should include steps to roll back heavy-handed procurement preferences, prevent compulsory IP transfers, embrace industry-led technology standards, and ensure data can flow across international borders.”
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of 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.