In its annual Special 301 filing today, BSA | The Software Alliance called on the US government to advocate for digital market access and intellectual property (IP) frameworks to safeguard America’s innovative edge in the global digital economy.
The ability of US companies to continue to lead global advances in innovative technology is under a rising threat abroad from digital protectionism and isolationism, including restrictions on cross-border data transfers; coercive technology transfer; and discrimination against foreign companies, products, and technologies.
“BSA values the US government’s critical role in keeping foreign markets open to software technologies that depend upon enormous investments in R&D,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “BSA members are among our nation’s most innovative companies and top IP holders, and greatly contribute to the US economy and US job creation. Their continued success depends on the ability to move data across borders, as well as on IP frameworks suited to the 21st Century economy. A proactive and forward-looking stance on digital trade and innovation means protecting America’s competitive edge.”
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