MPAA’S SENATOR CHRIS DODD COMMENDS USTR REPORT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION
on April 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released its annual Special 301 report, which evaluates the state of intellectual property rights protection worldwide. The report highlights the ongoing challenge that online content theft poses to the continued growth of American creative industries.
While this report reminds us of the challenges the U.S. creative industries confront in overseas markets, it is notable that Spain, which was removed from the 301 list this year, as well as some other countries, are taking steps to protect and promote their creative industries.
Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), commended the USTR for documenting the content theft and market access barriers that negatively impact American creative industries' ability to compete in the global marketplace:
"This report highlights content theft and barriers in foreign markets that pose threats to the continued growth of U.S. creative industries and the U.S. economy. Strong copyright protection and enforcement are vital to our industry's ability to create U.S. jobs, grow our own economy, and expand U.S. exports. We thank Ambassador Ron Kirk, the USTR and their colleagues across the interagency team who work tirelessly to enhance the protection of U.S. intellectual property rights overseas."
A copy of USTR's Special 301 Report can be found here.
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