Marking an unprecedented milestone in the fight against unfair competition, a state attorney-general in the United States has taken legal action against a Thai manufacturer that produced and exported products while using stolen IT to unfairly lower its operating costs and undercut competition.
In October 2012, the Massachusetts Attorney General exercised her authority to enforce the state's unfair competition law by requiring a Thai seafood processor to use licensed IT in its business operations. She announced a landmark settlement with the company.
However, this first-of-its-kind enforcement should serve as no surprise, and is really just a culmination of the continued momentum of US legislative efforts over the past year to preserve domestic jobs and software innovation by ensuring a level global playing field. Recognising that fair competition fosters respect for the rule of law and intellectual property rights, innovation, and job growth, certain members of the US government have led efforts to restore competitiveness in business by cracking down on IT theft by companies in emerging markets, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
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