Motion Picture Association Statement on USTR’s Notorious Markets Report

January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Trade Representative today released its 2020 Notorious Markets report. The following is a statement by the Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin:

“The Motion Picture Association applauds the U.S. Trade Representative for its timely release of the 2020 Notorious Markets report. This report is a stark reminder of the serious challenges faced by the U.S. film, television, and streaming industry and the broader creative community around the world. The ongoing global pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for the industry, including putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk across the country. We greatly appreciate USTR’s recognition of these challenges and how they intersect with the harms of online piracy on creators and consumers.

“Supporting a strong, healthy, and dynamic legal marketplace for digital content is key to creating jobs and rebuilding our economy during this critical time. The USTR Notorious Markets report spotlights the criminal enterprises around the world that profit on the backs of creators through the unauthorized distribution of film and television content. The Motion Picture Association thanks Ambassador Lighthizer, the dedicated staff of USTR, and the broader interagency for today’s report, and we look forward to continuing to work with U.S. officials to build on its findings.”

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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