When California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed suit last week against two manufacturers that were using pirated software in their operations it signaled to garment makers around the world that if you don’t play by the rules, you will be held accountable.
The move by the AG supports the NAM’s current efforts to stop manufacturers from unfairly competing against companies in the U.S. If a company uses pirated or stolen software in their operations it reduces their overhead unfairly allowing them to underbid legitimate operations and, in some cases, can jeopardize the safety of their customers. This is not good for American consumers or the manufacturing industry fighting aggressively to gain global market share and create jobs.
We last told you about this issue in a blog post in October when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts filed suit against a Thai seafood company using pirated software giving them an unfair advantage over the Bay State’s fishing companies. While these industries are important, this is not just limited to cargo pants and crab legs. Pirated software can be used in the creation of semiconductors, medications, and auto parts. Like apparel manufacturers and the food industry, these too are job creators in America that play by the rules. Companies that compete unfairly against them should be stopped.
The NAM has joined the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation, a coalition of manufacturers from around the country working together to address this issue. We encourage you to check out the website and consider participating in this important effort.