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Christopher Dodd represented Connecticut in the United States Senate from 1981 to 2011. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.

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102 Years Ago This Weekend, a Legendary American Industry Took Shape

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:35 PM

As the dog days of summer start to wind down, the movie and television industry have a special anniversary to acknowledge. This Sunday August 24th marks 102 years since the protections guaranteed under U.S. Copyright Law were first extended to motion pictures, launching one of the most innovative and renowned...

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IP Enforcement Summit -- Ensuring Creativity and Innovation Continues to Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 3:07 PM

The United Kingdom has long been recognized across the globe as a hub of creativity and innovation. So it should come as no surprise that the British government, along with the European Commission and the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), is taking on a leadership role in...

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Movies Are a Global Passion - and IP Helps Keep Them That Way

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 9:56 AM

In celebration of World IP Day, artists, filmmakers, musicians and other creators and innovators all over the world are joining with those who love their creative works to recognize the invaluable ways in which intellectual property spurs innovation, creativity and economic development.

While World IP Day officially occurs...

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Award Season Isn't Just About Red Carpets

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:25 PM

The 2014 awards season got off to a rousing and hilarious start Sunday night as more than 20 million viewers tuned in to watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Annual Golden Globes Awards for the second year in a row and gave the show its highest ratings of...

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Yahoo Teaming with FindAnyFilm to Make it Easier to Find Legitimate Content

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 9:53 AM

When film lovers in the United Kingdom and Ireland use Yahoo's Movie site to find out the latest news on an upcoming film, read a review of a movie that was just released or look up some information on an old favorite, they'll notice a big change in what they...

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Copyright -- A Leading Force for Jobs, Innovation and Growth

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 10:21 AM

View infographic to see how U.S. copyright industries lead the economy in value added to GDP, economic growth, good jobs and foreign sales and exports

For years, those of us representing copyright industries have been making the case that copyright is a major contributor to...

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It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

(18) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 1:36 PM

When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.

We were proud to cosponsor the Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act because we knew...

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National GDP Revised to Reflect the Economic Activity Generated by Film and Television

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 11:53 AM

This morning, the Department of Commerce said that the United States' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is bigger than we thought -- about 3 percent bigger. And we have R&D and a wide range of creative works including movies, like Disney's Iron Man, and television shows, like HBO's Game of Thrones,...

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Film and Television Play Vital Role in Driving Innovation, Strengthening US Economy

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:09 AM

New infographic breaks down industry's economic contribution

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet will examine the role of copyright as a driver of innovation in America. The hearing will be a great opportunity to hear stories of the people...

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Copyright: Empowering Innovation and Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 4:50 PM

From the printing press, to motion pictures, to recorded sound, to the Internet, for its entire history copyright law has evolved and developed in response to new developments in technology and the marketplace. And today, the U.S. copyright system stands as a cornerstone of a vibrant creative economy that is...

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MPAA Supports Meaningful Treaty for Visually Impaired

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 4:46 PM

The international community, through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is currently negotiating a treaty intended to improve access to books for the visually impaired, a cause the Motion Picture Association believes is both commendable and important to pursue. We were among the first to support this particular agreement and...

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Check the Box to Decide if a Film Is Right for Your Family

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 12:04 PM

For over 40 years, the Motion Picture Association of America has been committed to helping parents make the best possible viewing choices for their children. We have met that commitment through our film rating system, which provides information on the content of a given film and equips parents with the...

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Cybertheft Threat Underscores Crucial Need to Protect American Intellectual Property

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Front-page news this week that Chinese cyber hacking may have been sanctioned by the Chinese military has once again drawn significant attention to the critical need for the United States to step up the protection of its intellectual property. Today, the Washington Post reports that experts...

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An Illustrative Hoax

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:12 PM

A Facebook post making the rounds this week falsely raises concerns about whether the copyright protection policy for the social media site's users is being altered and describes how people can stop it.

While the substance of the post -- now being dubbed a hoax -- is...

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Celebrating Movies Means Protecting American Hard Work

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Today, Google is celebrating the 79th anniversary of the opening of the first drive-in movie theater with a beautiful animated Doodle that pays homage to the joy of watching larger-than-life art on the big screen. It's a terrific tribute to the creators and makers whose hard work and creativity goes...

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Foreign Markets and the Big Screen

(8) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 12:36 PM

The motion picture industry, like all major American job creators, is part of a growing and interconnected world economy. But it might be surprising how important foreign movie theater audiences are to the millions of Americans who depend on the motion picture industry for their jobs. What country sells the...

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Protecting Free Speech Online

(54) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 3:33 PM

Given the Internet's role in helping democratic activists the world over break through government repression, we must be vigilant in protecting free speech online.

But does freedom of speech require the freedom to steal? That's what some are arguing, comparing our efforts to protect American jobs from international criminal enterprises...

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Secretary of State Clinton: Protecting Creative Content Can Coexist With Internet Freedom

(10) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 4:02 PM

For the movie and television industry, and the 2.2 million American workers who depend on its creative products for their jobs, the Internet has become a major component and driving force of growth.

The fact is movies, television, music and other forms of intellectual property matter to our nation's...

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When It Comes to Jobs: Movies Matter

(13) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 4:37 PM

When President Obama speaks tonight, America's creative community will, like all Americans, watch and listen and hope that our leaders will come together, help correct the course, and set our economy back on the right track. And, like workers and businesses in every sector, the creative community knows the importance...

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A Step in the Right Direction for Children Around the World

(24) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Last week, mothers in Mozambique walked up to 15 miles on behalf of their children. They weren't part of a walk-a-thon or a protest, but their footsteps sent an equally powerful message: they were walking so their children could receive lifesaving vaccines to protect them from the blindness, deafness, brain...

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