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CBEMA BACKS USTR DECISION TO COUNTER PRC PIRACY

 CBEMA BACKS USTR DECISION TO COUNTER PRC PIRACY
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the announcement


late yesterday by the U.S. Trade Representative that retaliation against the People's Republic of China (PRC) is imminent, John L. Pickitt, president of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association (CBEMA), stated:
 "We had hoped that negotiations with China would result in adequate and effective protection of U.S. intellectual property. To date, they have not. We therefore view Ambassador Hills' move to take steps in the direction of retaliation an unfortunate consequence of China's reluctance to counter rampant piracy in that country. Nevertheless, we still hope that there will be a breakthrough in negotiations before sanctions are actually imposed.
 "There is essentially no protection for computer programs in the PRC. Programs may be blatantly copied and sold with vendors having no remedy under Chinese law. We estimate software losses to be $300 million in 1989 alone."
 CBEMA supported the USTR's April 1991 designation of the PRC as a "priority foreign country" under the Special 301 provisions of the Omnibus Trade Act of 1988.
 CBEMA is a 75-year-old trade association representing leading industry manufacturers that collectively generate 5 percent of our nation's gross national product and employ over 1.2 million people in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Maryann Karinch of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association, 202-626-5725/ CO: Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association ST: District of Columbia IN: CPR SU:


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