I'm amazed that american companies are trying to tell every other country on this planet how to behave and which laws that should apply to them. They really think they run the world.
Hopefully, because of the stupid US copyright laws and software patents, the software industry in India, Russia, China, EU etc. will outgrow the US. Maybe then they'll wake up and smell the coffee.
access to the wealthiest consumers on the planet requires you to abide by u.s. intellectual property laws. this certainly gives u.s. businesses a head start since they spend a tremendous amount on intellectual property protection. ms and ibm are patenting stuff like crazy, and i would expect them to eventually use $$$ to lobby patents for eu (remember these guys have billions they could lobby with.)
intellectual property protection is not totally evil or without merit. it protects an investment, and investment is necessary for development of new technology. however, the u.s. patent system is broken and should not be used as an international model.
regarding millions of advanced, cheap software engineers around the world... u.s. companies that manufacture nothing and arbitrage cheap international labor to produce high margin products are probably hoping for such a situation. a business driven society is a bleak future we are quickly spiraling towards