VFI Statement of Support

"I will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules ... It's not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It's not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours..."
- President Barack Obama, announcing the creation of the U.S. Trade Enforcement Unit
State of the Union Address, January 21, 2012

It's a simple economic truth: Stealing IT = Stealing Jobs

The use of stolen information technology (IT) by foreign manufacturers is a continuing threat to R&D, investment, and innovation in the United States. IT is integral to the U.S. economy because it spurs business growth, drives productivity, and increases competitiveness. Companies that steal IT gain an unfair competitive advantage, jeopardize U.S. jobs and economic growth, and undermine respect for business ethics and the rule of law.

Promoting the legal use of IT will help level the playing field, ensure fairness, promote innovation, and safeguard American jobs.

It is time to address this problem!

By providing my information below, I affirm my support for government action to prevent IT theft and promote jobs, innovation, and fairness.

Government action is necessary because:

  • The use of stolen or misappropriated IT-including pirated software-gives foreign manufacturers in high-piracy countries an unfair competitive advantage over U.S. companies that legitimately license their IT.
  • Software theft damages the U.S. and further erodes both the business environment and our manufacturing base. Businesses lose revenues that could be reinvested, as well as used to create jobs.
  • Stolen IT negatively impacts the economic activity and tax revenue of states and localities. A 2012 study by the Orange County Business Council in California found that state revenue lost by software piracy would have been enough to hire more than 7,500 experienced police officers.

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