Archive for December, 2010

Software Issues Top the Agenda for US-China Trade

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement December 17, 2010

If there was any doubt about the relative importance of software issues in the economic relationship between the United States and China, it was dispelled in the ministerial sessions of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) that were held December 14–15 in Washington.

The official statement and fact sheet that US negotiators issued at the conclusion of the talks attest to the fact that software concerns (more…)

Privacy and IP Top Last Week’s Tech Policy Agenda in Brussels

posted by in Intellectual Property December 10, 2010


The last week was a busy one for BSA in Brussels with several high profile events taking place on data protection and intellectual property.

On Tuesday, my colleague Thomas Boue joined the dais, along with BSA members Symantec, Microsoft and Intel, for the inaugural European Data Protection and Privacy Conference held in the European Parliament. The event convened data protection and privacy experts from Europe and around the world for a discussion about how to modernize and harmonize the data protection regulatory framework in the European Union (EU). (more…)

US-China JCCT Talks Represent an Inflection Point

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement December 6, 2010

After years of frustration with persistently high rates of software piracy in China, could it be that we are about to see actual improvement in legal software sales there? Having met recently with top officials in the US and Chinese governments, I am guardedly optimistic.

One thing is abundantly clear: Both governments, at the very highest levels, are keenly aware of the issue and are expressing a determination to address it — including in Chinese enterprises, where the problem is especially acute.

China has announced it will launch a series of inspections to ensure that central (more…)