Building on Today’s Achievements, the EU Can Harness Software’s Full Potential

posted by in Industry November 22, 2016

This article originally ran on EurActiv on November 22, 2016. We live with the benefits of software every day; so much so, in fact, it easy to underestimate its contribution. Software contributes almost one trillion Euros to the EU’s GDP (including indirect and induced effects); if the software industry’s total contribution in Europe were a […]

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Update: Trade Policy Forum Meeting in India

posted by in Global Markets, Intellectual Property October 21, 2016

Intellectual property protection is crucial for software innovation. It encourages research and development that creates jobs in the US and around the world. That is why BSA is so pleased that USTR prioritized trade secret and patent protection in its Trade Policy Forum (TPF) discussions with India this week. TPF is an important bilateral dialogue […]

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A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Innovation Policy

posted by in Intellectual Property March 29, 2016

In encouraging news given today’s climate, Congress is making progress on legislation that will promote innovation.  Even more encouraging?  The legislation and process involved in this progress are both bipartisan and bicameral. The Defend Trade Secrets Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Hatch and Coons, and in the House by Representatives Collins, Nadler, and […]

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Positive Shift in Europe’s Approach to Cloud Policy

posted by in Cloud Computing May 2, 2014

Policy discussions about cloud computing in Europe have at times been fraught with protectionist rhetoric. Exacerbated by Edward Snowden’s revelations on government surveillance, there have been calls for data location requirements, procurement preferences for European providers, dedicated French or German cloud networks, and even a “Schengen area for data” as ways to promote deployment of […]

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Transatlantic Data Flows: Shift the Focus to How—Not If

posted by in Cloud Computing, Data, Global Markets September 26, 2013

It comes as no surprise that conversations about data protection are dominating capitals around the world. Unfortunately, those conversations are being twisted in a way that confuses the issues at hand and threatens policies like the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement that help deliver the benefits at the core of the digital economy. This situation is […]

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Eight Ways the TTIP Can Be a Global Blueprint for Digital Trade

posted by in Global Markets May 15, 2013

There are a number of reasons the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) holds the potential to be a significant agreement. Not least of these is the fact that the United States and European Union together account for half the world’s output and a third of all trade. But when all is said and done, […]

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Securing the Benefits of Software Innovation and Growth

Software today is woven through the entire fabric of modern life — and yet software innovation continues to explode in exciting new directions, driven by dynamic forces such as cloud and mobile computing. That’s why, as I step down this week as CEO of BSA, I am optimistic about the industry’s future. Looking forward, I […]

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TPP, ISA and the Cloud

posted by in Cloud Computing, Global Markets March 14, 2013

This month negotiators from 11 countries are gathering in Singapore for an important round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. As it happens, Singapore provides the perfect backdrop for understanding the opportunity countries have to expand trade in digital services. Singapore has vaulted into the tier of countries with the best […]

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A New Trade Agreement for a New Era of Digital Services

posted by in Cloud Computing, Global Markets January 29, 2013

Last week US Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the Administration’s intention to start talks on an International Services Agreement (ISA) with Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and more than a dozen other trading partners. This is an ambitious undertaking, and it holds the potential to break wide open a services market of […]

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Inflection Points for Washington and the Software Industry

The Obama Administration and Congress have reached an inflection point in the wake of the 2012 election: The country is facing a steep “fiscal cliff” that no one wants to go over, but steering away from it will require policymakers to make difficult budgeting choices that few people will like. The software industry meanwhile has […]

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