Reps. Chu and Collins Praise Economic Contributions of Core Copyright Industries
WASHINGTON, DC – The core copyright industries – which includes books, music, motion pictures, radio and TV broadcasting, computer software, newspapers, periodicals, and journals – added more than $1.1 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2013 according to a report from the International Intellectual Property Alliance. Co-chairs of the Creative Rights Caucus Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Doug Collins (GA-9) release the following statements:
“Employing more than 5.5 million people, our creative industries contributed more than a trillion dollars to our economy last year. This is a significant portion of our GDP, none of which would be possible without strong copyright protections. As co-chair of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, I am so proud of the talented minds and innovative workers that produce arts and entertainment admired around the world. We need to continue working to guarantee the protection necessary to help this industry continue to thrive,” said Rep. Chu.
“Copyright is the foundation of innovation, and innovation is the force that drives our economy. This study confirms what creators know best, and what I’m committed to making sure Congress understands in the coming months,” said Rep. Collins.
The report, “Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy,” can be found online here.