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STATEMENT FROM: NMPA President and CEO David Israelite
RE: IIPA Special 301 Report on Copyright Protection and Enforcement

''America's creative products, from music and movies to software and video games, are in high demand across the globe and are often obtained illegally. For songwriters and music publishers these acts of piracy can be disastrous and career-ending.

Today's report  from the International Intellectual Property Alliance aims to strengthen copyright protection and enforcement efforts.  We applaud their work to ensure creative works are protected, valued and appropriately accessible to international markets.''

Background: The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) today released a new report, ''2013 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 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.