The top lawyers for Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp., saying software patents are important drivers of U.S. innovation and economic growth, pressed Congress yesterday to reject calls to limit that legal protection.
Piracy of software made by companies including Microsoft Corp. and Symantec Corp. may have peaked last year as the recession led to changes in consumer behavior that kept illegal copying in check, an industry group said.
The value of pirated software worldwide rose 14 percent to $58.8 billion last year, almost double the total in 2003, amid rising theft of programs in emerging markets, according to a trade group that tracks piracy.
Companies would be required to disclose cyber attacks that jeopardize consumers’ personal information and concealing a data breach would be made a crime under Senate legislation aimed at enhancing privacy protections.
Premier Wen Jiabao said China must continue controls over the property market and that construction of public housing is at a “critical” stage, according to a statement on the central government’s website.