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New ITC Report on Copyright Infringement in China Details Harms to US Companies, Says BSA


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Washington, DC -- Intellectual property infringement in China reduces market opportunities and undermines the success of right holders, the US International Trade Commission reported today in the first of two landmark studies on the subject. Moreover, the report found, China is implementing a web of indigenous innovation policies that make it difficult for foreign companies to compete on a level playing field.

“The ITC’s report provides a powerful and compelling inventory of policies and practices in China that harm owners of intellectual property rights,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “It is the most comprehensive assessment we have seen to date of how practices in China put innovative companies at a competitive disadvantage.”

“I urge the participants in this week’s ministerial negotiating sessions of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade to look carefully at the ITC’s report,” Holleyman said. “It outlines specific practices that need to be addressed to provide fair opportunities for software companies and all users of computer software to do business in China.”

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Altium, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, Cadence, Cisco Systems, CNC/Mastercam, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, Synopsys, and The MathWorks.



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