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FEB 07, 2018 | US

BSA Calls for Removal of Market Access Barriers and Stronger Intellectual Property Enforcement in Special 301 Trade Filing

WASHINGTON — February 8, 2018 — In its annual Special 301 filing today, BSA | The Software Alliance highlighted foreign countries that maintain market access barriers to software services, and also emphasized the need for the proper protection and enforcement intellectual property rights. The filing stresses the importance of eliminating market access barriers that hamper the flow of data across borders, which is essential to the ability of US companies to keep innovating, creating American jobs, and powering the growth of the digital economy.

Software has a profound impact on the American economy. A recent study from Software.org: the BSA Foundation shows the software industry contributes more than $1.1 trillion to the US GDP, supports more than 10 million jobs with significant impact in all 50 states, and invests more than $63 billion in research and development. 

“Software is a powerful contributor to the strength of the US economy and a dynamic factor in creating jobs, but it can only fulfill this potential internationally if market access barriers for US companies are dismantled and intellectual property rights are respected and enforced,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “The Special 301 process is an important way for the United States to engage foreign governments in an effort to remove impediments for US companies seeking to serve those markets, such as restrictions on the movement of data across borders.”

The submission recommended seven countries be placed on the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) Priority Watch List: Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, and Vietnam. In addition, BSA recommended eight countries for placement on USTR’s Watch List: Brazil, Greece, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, and Thailand. BSA also requested that the European Union be highlighted as a Region of Concern due to growing challenges to providing innovative digital services, including measures that affect the movement of data across borders faced by US companies.

For a copy of BSA’s full submission, click here.


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BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者,旨在代表该行业,向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司,这些公司制定的软件解决方案,不但能够刺激经济,还能提升现代生活的品质。

BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区,其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构,率先涉足合规项目,以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策,并以此培养技术创新能力,以及推动发展数字经济。


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