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Vice President Biden Convenes Industry Leaders to Tackle Piracy

Business Software Alliance Pledges Support

Washington — January 28, 2011 —

Vice President Joe Biden today convened a group of prominent industry leaders to discuss policy responses to the problem of piracy, including software copyright infringement. The group included representation from the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

“I applaud Vice President Biden for his energetic leadership in enforcing intellectual property rights generally and curbing software piracy in particular,” said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the Business Software Alliance. “Software piracy is a $51 billion problem globally. Its impact is felt not just by software makers but also by the broader IT economy — especially the ecosystem of software retailers, distributors and service providers whose jobs and incomes depend on legitimate sales.”

Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, a Business Software Alliance member company, attended the meeting and commented, “Piracy is an issue that affects our country’s competitiveness, because our ability to keep innovating depends on foundational elements such as intellectual property protection. I, along with my peers in the BSA and other industries, look forward to working with the Obama administration to ensure that we do more to protect the intellectual property rights of individuals and corporations alike."   

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance ( is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Altium, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, Cadence, CNC/Mastercam, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.

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BSA | The Software Alliance ( is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 60 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.
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