June 21, 2013

For immediate release:  Friday, June 21, 2013

Media contacts are at the conclusion of the release.

 

Tech, Business Groups Express Concerns on

Senate Effort to Address IP Theft

 

WASHINGTON, D.C…. Leading U.S. technology and business organizations today urged key bipartisan Senators to take a fresh look at their proposed Deter Cyber Theft Act and carefully examine it to prevent any unintended consequences of harming U.S. economic security and competitiveness or hindering trade and commerce. 

The groups explained their concerns in a joint letter to Senators Carl Levin, D-Mich., Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla. -- the bipartisan sponsors of S. 884, the Deter Cyber Theft Act:

Theft of America’s valuable intellectual property and trade secrets through cyber espionage, or other means, is a serious economic security problem for U.S. companies and our country.  In today’s dynamic marketplace, a company’s success is highly dependent on its innovations and competitive advantage, both of which are closely tied to the development and protection of intellectual property.  Collectively, the U.S. tech sector spent $80 billion in 2011 protecting and securing their networks against threats, including cyber espionage, and we commend the cosponsors for their demonstrated interest in protecting intellectual property (IP) from theft.

However, we have significant concerns with S. 884, the “Deter Cyber Theft Act,” as introduced, particularly the impact the legislation may have on international commerce and trade at a time when cyber policies are of heightened importance for the global technology ecosystem, as well as the long-term impact on U.S. economic security.  For that reason, we urge the cosponsors to engage in a thorough review of this and similar legislation through hearings and markup in the Senate Finance Committee, where S. 884 is currently pending.  

We applaud the bipartisan interest in protecting our economically vital intellectual property. However, we believe that we can advance intellectual property protection in a way that does not have a negative impact on our nation’s economic security and competitiveness.  For that reason, we look forward to working collaboratively with the cosponsors to ensure that S. 884 and similar legislation will effectively achieve these important shared goals.

Among the concerns expressed in the letter are S. 884’s potential impediment to international relations, its impact on U.S. exports, and its broad importation ban authority. 

A copy of the complete letter is available online.

 

Media Contacts

BSA | The Software Alliance:  Randolph Court, randolphc@bsa.org

ITI:  Meghan Fletcher, 202-524-4389, mfletcher@itic.org

National Foreign Trade Council:  Jennifer Cummings 202-822-9491, jcummings@fratelli.com

TechAmerica:  Stephanie Craig, 202-682-4443, Stephanie.craig@techamerica.org

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:  Jamie Glick 202-463-5682, jglick@uschamber.com

U.S. Council for International Business:  Jonathan Huneke, 212-703-5043, jhuneke@uscib.org