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President’s Trade Enforcement Initiatives Are a Welcome Step in Promoting Open Markets, Fair Competition for US Products

Washington — January 25 —

The Business Software Alliance today applauded an announcement by President Obama in his State of the Union address that he will create a new Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate unfair practices by US trading partners and will step up inspections of goods entering the US from foreign markets to identify intellectual property violations.  BSA supports both initiatives.

“We need open markets and fair competition around the world to grow the US economy,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “Too often, we are seeing trading partners tip the scales to their advantage. It is heartening that the President is taking this head on.”

“By highlighting the scourge of software piracy and other forms of intellectual property theft, the President put his finger on a problem that is costing America as much as $100 billion a year in lost sales and exports to China alone, at the expense of more than 2 million jobs,” said Holleyman, citing figures from the International Trade Commission. “We look forward to working with the Administration as it implements these important initiatives.”

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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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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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