Motion Picture Association Statement on Confirmation of Merrick Garland as Attorney General

March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate today confirmed Merrick Garland as the next U.S. Attorney General. The following is a statement from Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association:

“Merrick Garland’s decades of legal experience, both in the Justice Department and as a respected federal judge, will serve him well as our nation’s next Attorney General. Following his bipartisan Senate confirmation today, the Motion Picture Association looks forward to working with him to safeguard America’s creative community, protect free speech and enforce intellectual property laws.

“Copyright is the foundation of our nation’s creative economy, supporting the livelihoods of millions of American creators. Because of strong copyright protections, the U.S. creative economy is unparalleled around the world. The MPA is confident Attorney General Garland appreciates the unique value of the nation’s film, television and streaming industry – including the 2.5 million American jobs it supports – and will work during this challenging time to ensure our community can rebuild stronger than ever before.”

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About The Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world.

Its member studios are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Netflix, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.

Media Contact:

Tom Zigo, Motion Picture Association