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Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy

Source: International Intellectual Property Alliance

From the Preface:

Since 1984, IIPA and its association members, representing industries reliant on copyright – producers and distributors of software, movies, music, videogames, and books and journals for the world – have worked in partnership with the U.S. government to improve the ability of the copyright industries to do business in foreign markets. These efforts have resulted in significant improvements in copyright laws and enforcement around the world and in the lowering of market access barriers and addressing other policies that hinder these industries’ ability to compete on a level playing field in global markets. These improvements in turn have had a substantial positive impact over the years on how these industries contribute to value added to the U.S. economy; to employment and wages; and to foreign sales and exports, thereby benefiting countless millions of individuals and enterprises in the United States.

To quantify the contribution of the copyright industries, IIPA commenced a series of economic studies in 1990. Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The 2013 Report, the fourteenth such report, by Stephen E. Siwek of Economists Incorporated, covers the period 2009-2012. This Report shows that the copyright industries make up an increasingly large percentage of value added to GDP; create more and better-paying jobs; grow faster than the rest of the U.S. economy; and contribute substantially to U.S. foreign sales and exports, outpacing many industry sectors. The specific findings of this year’s Report mark a milestone: for the first time, the contribution of the core copyright industries of the U.S. economy surpassed one trillion dollars in 2012.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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