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Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Columbia, Panama Serve as Models on Intellectual Property Protection

BSA Calls on Congress to Quickly Approve Implementing Legislation

Washington, DC — October 4, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today called on Congress to quickly approve implementing legislation for pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia.

“I commend President Obama for submitting these three important free trade agreements for congressional approval,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “They are model agreements that will spur economic growth and job creation in the software and IT industries.”

“The agreements set the right tone for how the United States should be engaging with all of its trade partners,” Holleyman said. “Each includes strong intellectual property provisions that will serve as models for the type of protections all innovators need in the global marketplace. I urge Congress to approve them as soon as possible.”

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The Business Software Alliance ( is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

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