Statement on Release of the Joint Strategic Plan from the IPEC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / June 20, 2013

Statement from David Israelite, NMPA President and CEO on Release of the Joint Strategic Plan from IPEC

“Songwriters and music publishers are some of America’s smallest businesses. When their work is illegally used or undervalued it can be disastrous and career ending. Today’s report outlining U.S. efforts to protect copyrighted works is particularly welcome.

We applaud Ms. Espinel’s ongoing effort to strengthen American copyright and ensure created works from music to software is valued and treated with respect consistently within our borders and beyond. Her belief that copyright policies and protections be inclusive and developed collaboratively benefits industries, businesses and ultimately our economy.”

Background: Today, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s Office released its annual Joint Strategic Plan, required by the PRO-IP Act of 2008.  The report details the Administration’s activities to improve intellectual property enforcement as outlined in the Office’s 2010 Joint Strategic Plan.”

About the 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.