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Report from IIPA: Copyright Industries Contributed 1.1 Trillion Dollars to Economy in 2013

Publishers and other creative industries support 5.5 million jobs in the U.S.

Washington, DC; December 17, 2014 -Today the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) issued a report finding that core copyright industries in the U.S., including publishing, generated over $1.1 trillion of economic output in 2013. The study, Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The 2014 Report, found that the core copyright industries employed nearly 5.5 million workers in 2013. With an average annual salary of $87,860, core copyright workers earned 34% more than the U.S. average wage.

The study reviewed the economic contribution of a wide array of industries principally responsible for the creation and distribution of copyrighted content, including books, journals, songs, movies, and software, among others.

“IIPA’s 2014 report confirms the important role that U.S. copyright industries play in the U.S. economy, contributing more than $1 trillion to U.S. GDP for the second year in a row. Copyright industries promote culture, literacy, and innovation and employ 5.5 million Americans to create and market the books, movies, music, and games we all love,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers.

For more information, please see the press release and below infographic.


The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.