Attorney General Sam Olens and 38 state and territorial attorneys general have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and its Bureau of Competition encouraging the agency to use its existing enforcement authority under the Federal Trade Commission Act to deter foreign manufacturers from using stolen information technology.
“Competition is unfairly distorted…when a manufacturer gains a cost advantage by using stolen information technology, whether in its business operations or manufacturing processes,” the attorneys general wrote in a National Association of Attorneys General letter. “It offends our sense of fairness when such wrongdoers reap a commercial advantage from their illegal acts.”
Cutting corners by using stolen software gives foreign companies an unfair advantage over those who pay for licensed software. In addition,
“The theft of our intellectual property represents economic losses not only to
In emerging markets, the software industry estimates more than 80 percent of all packaged business software used by manufacturing and other firms is stolen.
The attorneys general represent 36 states and 3
A copy of the letter is attached.