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Mexico’s Foresight

Last August I wrote about how Mexico has quietly become one of the world’s leaders in protecting and safeguarding intellectual property. In doing so, Mexico is putting the foundation in place for long-term economic growth and prosperity. And there’s a lot that every government and company can learn from Mexico’s example.

Today, Mexico is the 12th largest economy in the world. As it continues to diversify and solidify its place as a global economic powerhouse, Mexico has clearly seen the benefits of protecting IP through software asset management. Just last week, BSA announced that the Ministry of Economy in Mexico has become the first government body in the world to earn BSA’s “CSS(O)” certification for standards-based software asset management for organizations. CSS(O) is the first and only enterprise-level certification program that affirms an organization is compliant with all of its license agreements and that its management controls and procedures reflect the International Organization for Standardization   standard.  By becoming the first national government agency to become CSS(O)-certified, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy is demonstrating by example that SAM is not only smart, but also achievable.

What Mexico’s leaders have realized is that the benefits of effective software management, and CSS(O) certification, in particular, are manifold. They include:

  • Better alignment of software assets with operational needs;
  • Optimization of licensing costs and eliminating waste;
  • The ability to maintain and easily prove license compliance;
  • Avoidance of unnecessary legal, financial and security risks; and
  • Improved business performance.

It’s not just individual companies who win with more effective SAM; entire countries and economies do, too. The Annual BSA Global Software Piracy Study finds, for instance, that in Mexico the commercial value of pirated software is over $1.2 billion.  Reducing piracy by just ten points in Mexico would result in nearly 6,200 additional jobs and add $3,124 million to the economy.

It is a credit to the vision of Mexico’s leadership that it continues to broaden and deepen its IP protection efforts. My hope is that other countries and private companies will follow Mexico’s lead.

Jodie Kelley

Author:

Jodie L. Kelley leads BSA’s domestic and international compliance & enforcement programs including its copyright-enforcement activities, its compliance policy work, its efforts against Internet crime, and its educational programs to promote software license compliance and respect for intellectual property. Kelley serves as BSA’s general counsel for all corporate matters and manages BSAs’ compliance & enforcement programs and counsel in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Representing the largest copyright-based industry, BSA operates in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Prior to joining BSA, Kelley served for six years as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored enterprise chartered by Congress to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the US housing and mortgage markets. There, she was responsible for managing the company’s litigation portfolio and its responses to various governmental inquiries. She also was responsible for advising the company on issues including antitrust and anti-fraud. Previously, she was a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, where she specialized in civil and regulatory litigation and handled cases before trial and appellate courts and regulatory agencies throughout the country.

Kelley is a native of New Orleans, and a member of the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Academy. She earned her JD from Harvard Law School and BSS from The Pennsylvania State University.

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