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Party Platforms Should Recognize that Internet Freedom and Intellectual Property Rights Must Go Hand in Hand to Spur Innovation, Growth, and Liberty, Says BSA

Washington, DC — August 24, 2012 —

The Business Software Alliance today called on leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties to recognize in their respective party platforms that Internet freedom and intellectual property rights must go hand in hand to spur technology innovation, economic growth, and individual liberty.

“The Internet is vital to economic competitiveness in the global marketplace and to the liberty of citizens around the world,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “I urge the Democratic and Republican parties to recognize in their platforms that Internet freedom and free markets are closely intertwined — and a free-market Internet must include protections for intellectual property.”

“Thanks to the Constitution’s intellectual property clause, American scientists, engineers, dreamers, and entrepreneurs have the market incentives they need to drive social and economic progress by constantly innovating,” Holleyman said. “By the same token, we enjoy basic freedoms under the Bill of Rights, which are just as important in cyberspace as they are in every other sphere of life. To capture the full economic and social benefit of the Internet, we need to honor all of these principles together.”

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The Business Software Alliance ( ) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of 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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