NMPA Statement on IIPA Special 301 Report and Recommendations to US Trade Rep

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / February 7, 2014

Statement from NMPA President and CEO David Israelite on IIPA Special 301 Report and Recommendations to USTR

“Songwriters and their music publishing partners rely on strong copyright protections that allow for fair compensation both domestically and abroad. Music is a growing global commodity and overcoming barriers to new markets while also addressing theft of intellectual property is essential to not only the livelihoods of songwriters, but also authors, software developers and other creators. We thank the IIPA for continuing its thoughtful Special 301 recommendations that benefit American creators from all industries, and encourage USTR to consider these as they form the official 301 report.”

Background: The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) today released its annual “Special 301 Report on Copyright Protection and Enforcement” submitted to the United States Trade Representative. The report details significant copyright piracy and market access barriers in key markets.

About NMPA: Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.