Gang of 12 IT executives sit on White House lawn

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen are leading a band of Industry heavyweights who are planning to poke Washington about what they consider is a piracy problem.

Steve, who will no doubt be bulking out the gravity of the situation, wants improvements to intellectual property protection and data protection laws.

The shin-dig has been arranged by the Business Software Alliance and it is the first time that it has ever got twelve leaders in one place.

The CEOs will meet with members of President Obama’s cabinet and several members of Congress.

Apparently everyone is concerned about software piracy in China. More than 79 percent of software used behind the bamboo curtain is illegally copied and most of it was written in the US, the BSA claims.

This means that each year they are out of pocket by $7.6 billion annually. To make matters worse, the number of PCs sold in China is rocketing and so the piracy rate grows like Topsy.

It seems that the BSA, Ballmer and the boys want the Obama administration and other government officials to give the Chinese government a Chinese burn until it adhere to intellectual property laws to the same standards as the rest of the world.

There are a few other problems that the gang of 12 wants to talk about. These include support for a national data breach notification law that trumps individual state laws.

This would exclude companies that take protective measures like encrypting data from having to make disclosures.

The BSA and its member companies wants renewal of a tax exemption on any R&D work.