WASHINGTON - The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today issued the following statement in support of recommendations made by the President's Export Council, a group of business and labor leaders appointed by President Obama to offer advice on how to promote U.S. exports, jobs, and growth. In a letter to President Obama, the Council urged the Administration to address what they call "the inadequate protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights of U.S. manufacturers and service providers in foreign markets." The principles outlined in the letter were deliberated and adopted at a PEC meeting attended by President Obama on December 9, 2010. The following is a statement from Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA):
"We are heartened by the recommendations made by the President's Export Council to strengthen protections for U.S. intellectual property in foreign markets. These recommendations include strengthening efforts to ensure that the U.S. government continues to negotiate and implement trade agreements, including the Trans Pacific Partnership FTA, with world-class IP provisions; to work with foreign governments to shut down websites overseas that traffic in counterfeit goods; and, to continue to empower the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator to tackle overseas IP theft and enforcement. The Obama Administration has demonstrated time and again its commitment to protecting intellectual property rights in the United States and these substantive and practical recommendations will go far in helping to protect the 2.4 million American jobs that depend on a vital film and television industry."
A copy of the President's Export Council's Letter can be found at: www.trade.gov/pec/.