THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
October 1, 1998
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES NEW EFFORTS TO CRACK DOWN ON SOFTWARE PIRACY WORLD-WIDEWashington, DC --Vice President Gore announced today that a new Executive Order (EO) will direct federal departments and agencies to prevent and combat computer software piracy, and the President also will direct the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to press foreign governments to enact similar protections.
"Today, we are declaring war on software piracy," Vice President Gore said. "The message is clear: don't copy that floppy. At home or abroad,intellectual property must be protected."
The federal government is the world's largest buyer of computer-related services and equipment, at over $20 billion a year. An estimated $11 billion was lost world-wide to software piracy in 1997, translating into as many as 130,000 lost jobs in the United States.
President Clinton's Executive Order directs agencies to:
Finally, the Vice President announced that the Commerce Department will award 79 new Advanced Technology Program (ATP) grants, worth $82 million, to keep America at the cutting-edge of technology and innovation. ATP helps fund higher-risk, higher-payoff investments that can yield enormous economic benefits. By requiring cost-sharing from industry, the ATP leverages federal research dollars and encourages companies to invest in long-term technological breakthroughs.
This year's grants will go for, among other things: