When the leaders of the G8 countries met last week in Camp David, they addressed major economic and political challenges facing today’s world. The resulting declaration stressed the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) to stimulate economic growth and jobs.
At the MPAA, we applaud the leaders’ recognition of the critical importance of promoting IP protection worldwide. But make no mistake, this is only a step. The 2.2 million Americans, and millions more globally, whose jobs depend on the film and television industry rely on worldwide content protection to continue to produce the creative product that is a vital part of our economy.
Around the globe, creative industries are raising a united voice on the importance of protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights to further job growth and economic competitiveness. Without measures to secure creative content, the growth of our industry is threatened on a daily basis.
With new markets opening around the world for the movie and television industry, the time for actively working with other governments to protect and promote IPR has never been more imperative. Our industry is one of the few that consistently generates a positive balance of trade for the United States and we should encourage policies that fuel further growth.
We appreciate the leaders’ recognition of the importance of IPR and look forward to learning of their next steps to improve the protection and enforcement of IPR worldwide.