Shanghai International Film Festival: MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Stresses Importance of Chinese Cooperation in Battling Piracy

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The former U.S. senator delivered a keynote speech at the festival that emphasized that "creative rights need to be respected."

MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd stressed the continued need for a strong relationship between the American and Chinese film industries in order to protect the rights of creators and battle piracy at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Tuesday.

The former senator praised the recent growth of the Chinese film industry, as well as its successful synchronizing with the country's giant Internet and technology companies in recent years, at various speaking engagements.

Dodd later delivered a keynote speech at a roundtable discussion entitled Cultural and Economic Importance of Film and the Role of Copyright. Introduced by U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, Dodd said that copyright laws underpinned the ability of nations to develop and share their cultures through film; however, he stressed that creative rights needed to be respected.

Said Dodd: "Only when we have created an environment that promotes innovation and creativity while protecting creators in the digital world can we be certain that these remarkable industries will be able to continue to benefit our cultures and succeeding generations in the same ways that they have done for so long: culturally, socially, educationally and economically. Working together, I know that we will succeed."

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