FEB 08, 2017 | US
BSA Emphasizes Importance of Creation, Protection of American Jobs in Special 301 Trade Filing
WASHINGTON — February 9, 2017 — In its annual Special 301 filing today, BSA | The Software Alliance urged the US Government to work with its trading partners to remove market access barriers, which hamper the flow of data across borders, preventing US companies from providing essential services. The filing also stressed the need for the proper protection and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property. The international movement of data is crucial to helping US companies, including BSA members, continue innovating, creating American jobs, and driving the growth of the digital economy.
Software has a profound impact on the American economy. A recent BSA study shows the software industry contributes more than $1 trillion to the US GDP, nearly 10 million jobs, and $52 billion in research and development (with significant impact in each of the 50 states). The industry’s success also expands America’s economic potential across numerous other sectors.
“The economic contributions made by the software industry positions it as a powerful catalyst for job growth,” said Victoria Espinel, President & CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “We encourage the US Government to continue leveraging all trade mechanisms at its disposal, including Special 301, to persuade trading partners to provide fair and equitable market access for US companies – particularly, allowing the movement of data across borders. This will help ensure the continued health and growth of the software sector and its contribution to the US economy and job creation.”
The submission recommended eight countries be placed on the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) Priority Watch List, including China and India. In addition, BSA recommended nine countries for placement on USTR’s Watch List, including Mexico and Greece, and denoted Spain as a Country of Concern. 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.
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.