MPAA CEO and Chairman Senator Chris Dodd Statement on IPEC Joint Strategy Release

June 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2013

MPAA CEO and Chairman Senator Chris Dodd Statement on IPEC Joint Strategy Release

WASHINGTON – Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) CEO and Chairman Senator Chris Dodd today released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement:

“I welcome the Administration’s 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement and its reinforcement of intellectual property as one of our country’s most valuable competitive tools. As today’s IPEC report reminds us, in 2010, intellectual property industries accounted for $5.06 trillion in value added — or 34.8 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Put simply, the creativity of America’s workers is the bedrock of our economic success – it must be protected, and we must use all of the tools at our disposal to do so. We share with this Administration a commitment to promoting and protecting American intellectual property by opening new markets to US products, educating the public about both the value of IP industries and the damage done by theft from those industries and encouraging voluntary best practices among private sector companies that have key responsibilities in the internet landscape. As the Administration points out repeatedly throughout the report, all involved parties – from ISPs to payment processors to ad networks to search engines – share a responsibility to ensure the protection of creative work.

I welcome the important steps that have been taken on these key fronts, but there is much more to be done to ensure an environment in which American creativity and innovation can truly flourish. I look forward to continuing to work with this Administration and leaders in Congress to protect both creative hard work and an Internet that works for everyone.”

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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