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April 29, 2020 | CEO's Corner

U.S. Government Issues Report on Importance of Protecting American Creators and Innovators

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2020) – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued two reports today on protecting and enforcing intellectual property (IP). The Notorious Markets Report lists infringing websites and other service that undermine the legitimate market for music and other creative works. The Special 301 Report assess the strength of IP regimes around the world, including improvements needed to protect American creators. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman & CEO Mitch Glazier made the following statement:

“These much-anticipated reports shine a critical spotlight on the significant contributions of American creators to the U.S. economy and culture, and the threats they face around the world. We could not agree more with the objective of these reports as part of the Administration’s trade policy ‘to encourage other countries to open their markets to U.S. exports of goods and services and to provide adequate and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights.’ The Special 301 and Notorious Markets Reports play an important role in advancing that objective. The RIAA is grateful to Ambassador Lighthizer and the team at USTR and other agencies for these two reports, and the immense amount of work that went into their preparation.

“Today’s Special 301 Report highlights major priorities of the American music industry in key markets. For example, we welcome the emphasis placed by the Administration on certain concerns of the creative community in South Africa, including regarding the importance to creators to be able to fully enjoy the benefits derived from their rights. As the report underscores regarding two pending bills in South Africa, ‘limitations on the freedom of contract raise concerns because they reduce the ability of creators to earn a living from their works, performances and phonograms.’ Likewise, the report’s call to implement the USMCA, including in Canada regarding national treatment and term, and in Mexico regarding copyright enforcement in the digital environment, are timely and greatly appreciated.

“This year’s Notorious Markets List rightly focuses on the ‘complex ecosystem that is abused by providers of pirated content.’ We strongly support the need for a higher standard of care for all Internet platforms regarding efforts to combat infringement.”

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Contact:

K. Kim Atterbury (katterbury@riaa.com)