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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 | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) est le principal organisme de défense et de promotion de l’industrie du logiciel auprès des administrations gouvernementales et sur le marché international. Ses membres comptent parmi les entreprises les plus innovantes au monde, à l’origine de solutions logicielles qui stimulent l’économie et améliorent la vie moderne.

Basée à Washington, DC et présente dans plus de 30 pays, BSA est pionnière en matière de programmes de conformité qui encouragent l’utilisation légale de logiciels et plaide en faveur de politiques publiques à même de promouvoir l’innovation technologique et de favoriser la croissance économique numérique.

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