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Statement from MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd on the USTR 2016 Notorious Markets report

December 21, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today released the 2016 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets. Developed under the annual Special 301 process, the Notorious Markets list identifies online and physical marketplaces around the world that engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy. The following is a statement from Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America on today’s report.

“The American film and television industry is a key driver of the U.S. economy and one of the most highly competitive industries in the world. It employs nearly two million U.S. workers, pays out more than $121 million in wages, generates $16.3 billion in exports, and registers a positive trade balance with nearly every country around the world.

But as today’s USTR report makes clear, piracy undermines America’s creative economy and our nation’s global competitiveness. We commend the USTR for highlighting this ever-evolving threat that impacts the livelihoods of so many American workers. We look forward to working with USTR and the broader interagency team to protect and enforce U.S. intellectual property rights.”

The full report is available here.

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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MPAA Washington, D.C.

Chris Ortman
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