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BSA Welcomes House Vote for Russia PNTR, Urges Senate to Follow Suit

WASHINGTON, DC — November 16, 2012

BSA | The Software Alliance today praised House passage of legislation paving the way for the United States to establish Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia and called on the Senate to swiftly follow suit.

Russia’s new membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) subjects it to trade obligations to open its markets and protect intellectual property rights. But for US technology and other industries to benefit from these obligations, the US government must first extend PNTR to Russia.

“The software industry commends the House for taking the next step toward establishing Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia, and we urge the Senate to follow suit quickly,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “When Russia joined the World Trade Organization it made important new commitments to open its market to technology products and other goods and services and to strengthen protections for intellectual property. Establishing PNTR will allow US companies to benefit fully from Russia’s trade commitments. It also provides new legal tools to challenge any Russian failure to meet WTO obligations and expand competitive opportunities for software companies and others.”

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BSA |The 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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