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Shannon Noble on Thu, 8 Jun 2000 00:52:50 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> FW: AUTODESK CEO CAROL BARTZ TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS



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From: shannon.noble {AT} autodesk.com
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 10:13:28 -0700
To: snoble {AT} mac.com
Subject: FW: AUTODESK CEO CAROL BARTZ TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS



>  -----Original Message-----
> From:  Public Relations
> Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 10:10 AM
> Subject: AUTODESK CEO CAROL BARTZ TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS
> 
> For U.S Distribution
> 
> 2000 Press Release
> 
> Contact: Rich Koch, 415-507-6611, rich.koch {AT} autodesk.com
>   David Crane, 202-251-2744, david.crane {AT} autodesk.com
> 
> 
> AUTODESK CEO CAROL BARTZ TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS
> Joint Economic Committee Hears Hot Issues Facing Top High-Tech Companies
> 
> WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2000-Carol Bartz, Chairman and CEO of Autodesk,
> Inc., took center stage before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee
> to report on the opportunities and risks of the "new economy." The
> unprecedented growth fueled by the Internet has provided increased
> opportunities for expansion for companies like Autodesk. But Bartz also
> warned of the economic peril that confronts the nation if Internet
> software theft and other cyber-crimes continue.
> "More than 2 million Web pages worldwide hawk stolen software at rock
> bottom prices. At this rate, the Internet should be called the Home
> Shoplifting Network," said Bartz.
> Holding up a CD purchased for $2 in an open air market, Bartz informed
> legislators that the value of the software copied on the disk was more
> than $9,000. CDs like this are available all over the world with the most
> popular software like Autodesk's AutoCAD*, Microsoft's Office, and Adobe's
> Photoshop compiled and sold for next to nothing. The Internet now makes
> this kind of piracy exponentially more damaging. Stolen software can be
> copied and distributed to millions with a simple point-and-click
> operation. Bartz called on Congress to address both traditional piracy and
> cyber-theft.
> According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an industry trade group
> fighting software piracy, the United States loses nearly $100 million in
> tax revenue and 100,000 potential jobs as a result of software theft. To
> stem this growing problem, without stifling the potential of the Internet,
> Bartz asked members of the Joint Economic Committee to consider the
> following remedies:
> * Vote to grant China permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to pave
> the way for China's accession to the WTO. As a WTO member, China will be
> obligated to pass laws against software theft and enforce those laws.
> Without PNTR, the United States will not be able to take action against
> China in the WTO if China violates software copyrights.
> * Direct the Department of Justice and the FBI to commit investigators
> and prosecutors to address Internet software theft*and to ensure that
> officials have adequate resources and training in "cyber-crime"*so that
> copyright protections already passed by Congress are fully enforced. The
> technical skills and resources used to fight software theft on the
> Internet will also help tackle other forms of Internet crime.
> About Autodesk 
> Autodesk is the world's leading supplier of PC and web design software and
> digital content creation tools. One of the largest software companies in
> the world, Autodesk has more than four million customers in over 150
> countries. For more information, contact any Authorized Autodesk*
> Reseller, call Autodesk at 800-964-6432, or visit www.autodesk.com.
> Discreet* product information is available at 800-869-3504 or via the Web
> at www.discreet.com. Autodesk shares are traded on the Nasdaq national
> market under the symbol ADSK.
> ###
> Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, and AutoCAD are registered trademarks of
> Autodesk, Inc., in the United States and/or certain other countries. All
> other brand names, product names, or trademarks are used solely for the
> purpose of identification and belong to their respective holders.
> 
>  Copyright 2000 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.


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