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It is also well for U.S. policymakers and U.S. firms to contemplate the possibility that U.S. firms may not always have the leading position in the world market for software products that they enjoy today. When pushing for very "strong" intellectual property protection for software today in the expectation that this will help to preserve the U.S. advantage in the world market, U.S. policymakers should be careful not to push for adoption of rules today that may substantially disadvantage them in the world market of the future if, for reasons not foreseen today, the United States loses the lead it currently enjoys in the software market.

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