Motion Picture Association Statement on USTR’s 2024 Special 301 Report

April 29, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) last week released its annual Special 301 Report, which reviews the global state of intellectual property protection and enforcement. The following is a statement from Motion Picture Association (MPA) Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin:

“The film, television, and streaming industry is a vital part of the U.S. economy. In 2022, we supported 2.74 million American jobs, paid out over $242 billion in wages, and contributed millions of dollars to local economies every day. Our industry also generates a positive trade balance in every major market in the world and accounts for four percent of the total U.S. trade surplus in services. Yet, every day, creators, their works, and the larger creative economy are threatened by digital piracy.

“The MPA applauds the USTR and its interagency partners for recognizing this critical issue and their ongoing commitment to securing strong copyright protections in foreign markets. This timely report underscores the need for us to all work together to protect intellectual property rights in order to grow our creative economy.”

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About The Motion Picture Association:

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) serves as the leading 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: Netflix, Paramount Global, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Bros. Discovery. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.


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Tom Zigo, Motion Picture Association