Vendors form policy group

IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are among the 14 companies that are pooling their public policy efforts within the Business Software Alliance, a Washington, D.C., software industry organization.

The companies last week formed BSA's Policy Council. In addition to IBM and Microsoft, the council consists of Apple Computer Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., Autodesk Inc., Bentley, Computer Associates International Inc., Digital Equipment Corp., Intel Corp., Lotus Development Corp., Novell Inc., The Santa Cruz Operation Inc., Sybase Inc. and Symantec Corp.

The move unites software companies, which had operated as BSA's software committee, and hardware vendors and chip makers, which had founded the Alliance to Promote Software Innovation. Those vendors will remain alliance members but will pursue software policy issues through BSA's Policy Council, according to Diane Smiroldo, a BSA spokeswoman.

The Policy Council's top legislative interests are intellectual property and data security and privacy, according to Smiroldo.

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