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FEB 05, 2015 | GLOBAL

BSA Underscores Importance of Market Access, Intellectual Property Protections in Special 301 Trade Filing

WASHINGTON, DC — February 6, 2015 —

BSA | The Software Alliance today will stress the need for international protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and concerns about growing barriers to trade in its submission in the annual “Special 301” determinations.

“The software industry is facing challenges that are increasingly complex and more difficult. Many countries are erecting market access barriers that would significantly impede the industry’s ability to do business in key markets like China and Brazil. This hurts all economies and cannot continue,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “At the same time, the amount of unlicensed software being used around the world is valued at $62 billion, which is simply unacceptable. Ensuring open market access, the free flow of data across borders and effective intellectual property protection are indispensable for continued innovation and growth of the global digital economy.

BSA filed individual comments with the USTR for the first time this year to call attention to the broader scope of issues, especially challenges posed by growing market access barriers, as well as the importance of protection for intellectual property.

The submission recommended seven countries be placed on USTR’s Priority Watch List, including Argentina, China, Russia and Vietnam. In addition, BSA recommended nine countries for placement on USTR’s Watch List, including Brazil and South Korea.

Click here for a copy of BSA’s full submission.

关于 BSA

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。


Michael O’Brien

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