Publishers Ask U.S. Government to Address Copyright Concerns in Canada, China and Other Markets
AAP urges more direct U.S. government engagement in IIPA Special 301 Report
Washington, DC; February 5, 2015 — The Association of American Publishers (AAP) joined with other U.S. creative industries, whose products and services are protected by copyright laws, to ask the U.S. government for sustained engagement with Canada and China, among other markets. The submission by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) on behalf of the copyright-based industries was made today in response to the 2016 Special 301 inquiry by the U.S. Trade Representative.
Among priority concerns for publishers and learning companies is the continuing deterioration of the educational publishing market in Canada as a result of the overly broad exception to copyright for educational materials under the country’s Copyright Modernization Act.
The IIPA submission identifies copyright and market access concerns in 17 countries and recommends a designation of the Ukraine as a priority foreign country, the placement of six nations on the Priority Watch List, and nine more on USTR’s Watch List. AAP endorses IIPA’s recommendations and urges the U.S. government to heighten engagement with Canada and China to address the deficiencies in their copyright protection and enforcement regimes, particularly as they affect the publishing sector.
“The core copyright industries, which include publishing, generated over $1.1 trillion dollars of economic output in 2013 and accounted for nearly 5.5 million U.S. jobs,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO of AAP. “We’ve seen significant progress from sustained U.S. government engagement with our trading partners. We look forward to continuing to support U.S. government efforts to address unresolved issues in key markets, such as Canada and China.”
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