IIPA Supports USTR's 2010 Special 301 Efforts to Promote Effective International Copyright Protection and Enforcement

From a Press Release of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA):

Copyright industries urge strong global protection of American jobs and exports threatened by online and physical piracy of software, movies, games, music, and books

China and Russia remain major concerns for the copyright industries

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a coalition of seven trade associations representing the copyright-based industries, welcomed the decisions announced by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in USTR’s annual Special 301 Report which addresses intellectual property rights’ issues and practices in 42 countries. IIPA’s February 2010 Special 301 public submission to USTR discussed copyright protection, enforcement, and market access problems in 39 countries/territories.

The IIPA’s entire press release is attached and is also posted at www.iipa.com.

IIPA’s statement addresses the importance of the Special 301 process, the need to increase exports by reducing trade barriers like piracy, and the importance of creativity and innovation in the global economic recovery. IIPA also speaks positively to ongoing issues such as the development of a national IP enforcement strategy, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the need to approve pending Free Trade Agreements, and the global implementaton of the WIPO Internet Treaties. Finally, our release also discusses developments in several countries that appear in USTR’s Report.

Contact:
Eric H. Smith
(202) 833-4198
esmith@iipa.com
www.iipa.com

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