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Lowering Software Piracy Creates Jobs Throughout US Economy, Holleyman Testifies

Foreign companies have unfair advantage when they don’t pay for critical tool of production
Washington — March 16, 2011 —

Reducing software piracy in fast-growing economies like China would create jobs throughout the US economy, Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman told lawmakers today.

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, Holleyman said the job gains would come from increased sales and exports and from eliminating an unfair competitive advantage that foreign companies enjoy over US counterparts when they don’t pay for the software tools they use to run their operations.

The hearing, called by Subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), was titled, “Made in America: Increasing Jobs through Exports and Trade.” Click here to download Holleyman’s written testimony.

“There is one simple thing that would allow US software companies to increase exports and create more jobs for the US economy, and that is to reduce software piracy around the world,” Holleyman said. “For us, the challenge is not how to encourage businesses in other countries to use American software. They are already using it in overwhelming numbers. But too often, they are not paying for it.”

“Stopping that illegal software use will certainly create jobs in the US software industry,” Holleyman said. “But it will also create jobs in the rest of the economy. That is because software is an essential tool of production. Nearly every kind of company needs software to create products and do business. When companies in other countries use software to run their operations but don’t pay for it, they undercut US companies that do. This unfair competition undermines US product sales, and it displaces US jobs.”

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