Statement on Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus “2010 International Piracy Watch List”

May 19, 2010

STATEMENT FROM: President and CEO David Israelite


May 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Music Publisher’s Association today joined other members of the copyright community and the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus at the unveiling of the Caucus’ “2010 International Piracy Watch List.” Named to this year’s list are China, Canada, Russia, Spain and Mexico.

NMPA President and CEO David Israelite participated in today’s press conference and issued the following statement:

“Music publishers and songwriters applaud the efforts of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus to combat the international theft of US intellectual property by calling attention to countries that continue to host the worst cyber piracy in the world. Additionally we appreciate their highlighting some of the most notorious and destructive sites on the web that promote this theft.

“The music industry has felt acutely the impact of these sites and looks forward to continuing to work with the Caucus to ensure that the Internet can become a place where the rule of law prevails, protecting and fostering the growth of the American songbook for generations to come.”

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.