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FEB 06, 2020 | GLOBAL

BSA’s Special 301 Filing Emphasizes Importance to Innovation of Fair and Equitable Global Market Access Policies

WASHINGTON – February 6, 2020 – Today, in its annual Special 301 filing, BSA | The Software Alliance requested that the US government continue working with its trading partners to promote fair and equitable market access to US companies that rely on intellectual property protection. Unwarranted restrictions on the ability to move information across borders are a critical market access concern for US companies – including BSA members – that drive innovation and job creation.

Each year, the software industry contributes roughly $1.6 trillion in GDP, 14 million jobs, and over $63 billion in R&D funding to the US economy. The software industry also makes significant investments in economic growth and innovation abroad. Foreign market access barriers that limit or impede the cross-border movement of data hamper this growth and innovation, including by cutting off local industries’ access to cutting-edge software innovations.

In its submission, BSA recommends that the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) place five countries, including China and India, on its Priority Watch List. BSA also recommended that USTR place five countries on its Watch List. BSA urges all countries to adopt forward-looking cross border data policies that promote innovation and prosperity in their own markets and around the world.

For a copy of BSA’s full submission, click here.


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) 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 help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 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.


Michael O’Brien

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