July 16 – July 23, 2009 Edition

Report Gauges Copyright Industries Economic Impact

Publishers and other interested parties on July 20 will get a look at how the copyright industries have fared in the U.S. economy from 2003-2007. The new Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The 2003-2007 Report, is the first in-depth look at the subject since 1990. The document was prepared by Economists Incorporated, for the International Intellectual Property Alliance and is the 12th such such analysis.

The report, to be released at a noon meeting Monday in the main auditorium at the U.S. Department of Commerce, will cover the contribution of the copyright industries to real annual growth of the U.S. economy, value-added to the U.s. current dollar gross domestic product (GDP), revenues generated from foreign sales and exports, share of national employment, and compensation per employee.

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will head the panel of speakers, joined by Tom allen, the new president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, Eric Smith of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) and other key industry leaders.

About the IIPA

The IIPA is a private sector coalition, formed in 1984, of trade associations representing U.S. copyright-based industries in bilateral and multilateral efforts working to improve international protection and

enforcement of copyrighted materials and open up foreign markets closed by piracy and other market access barriers. IIPA’s seven member associations are: the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). These associations represent over 1,900 U.S. companies producing and distributing materials protected by copyright laws throughout the world-all types of computer software, including business applications software and entertainment software (such as videogame discs and cartridges, personal computer CD-ROMs, and multimedia products); theatrical films, television programs, DVDs and home video and digital representations of audiovisual works; music, records, CDs, and audiocassettes; and textbooks, trade books,

reference and professional publications and journals (in both electronic andprint media).

About AAP

The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP’s more than 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies-small and large. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the Association’s highest priorities.