FEB 04, 2016 | US
BSA Files Special 301 Recommendations Highlighting the Importance of Open Market Access and Intellectual Property Protection
WASHINGTON — February 5, 2016 — BSA | The Software Alliance today highlighted the need for improved global intellectual property protection and enforcement, as well as concerns about growing barriers to trade in its annual Special 301 comments.
“Ensuring open market access—including the free flow of data across border—and effective intellectual property protection is indispensable to allow the software industry to continue innovating and driving the global digital economy,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “Unfortunately, many countries are erecting barriers that prevent US software companies from doing business in important markets. These barriers hurt companies’ ability to serve important markets and hamper the economic growth of countries who create such trade barriers. In addition, the amount of unlicensed software being used around the world is valued at over $62 billion, which is simply unacceptable.”
BSA urges the US government to continue leveraging all trade mechanisms it has at its disposal, including Special 301, to persuade trading partners to provide fair and equitable market access for US companies and to improve the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
BSA’s comments, submitted today, call attention to a less commonly addressed aspect of the Special 301, i.e. market access issues faced by companies who rely upon intellectual property protection. The comments also address issues pertaining to intellectual property protection and enforcement.
The submission recommends nine countries be placed on USTR’s Priority Watch List, including Argentina, China, and Russia. In addition, BSA recommends nine countries for placement on USTR’s Watch List, including Brazil, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand.
For a copy of BSA’s full submission, visit http://bsa.org/~/media/Files/Policy/Trade/BSA2016Special301.pdf.
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.