Glickman calls for stricter IP protection

MPAA chief: Anti-piracy efforts pressing in bad economy

NEW YORK -- MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman joined lawmakers Wednesday in calling for governments around the world to boost efforts to protect intellectual property as a key group of legislators named Canada, China, Mexico, Russia and Spain as countries where piracy has reached alarming levels.

The co-chairs of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, Sheldon Whitehouse, Orrin Hatch, Adam Schiff and Bob Goodlatte, released the group's 2009 Priority Watch List Wednesday, highlighting the five countries as key piracy offenders.

At a press conference with them, Glickman argued that dealing with escalating IP theft is especially needed during these difficult economic times as the creative industries generate millions of jobs each year, including 2.5 million in the motion picture sector alone.

"During tough economic times it becomes even clearer how important it is to protect those industries that are truly creating jobs and generating revenue," Glickman said. "It is extremely important that U.S. trading partners have effective legislative frameworks for protecting creative content online and that they enforce IP rights in the digital environment."

Canada has appeared on the Priority Watch List for several years and last month was elevated to the United States Trade Representative's Special 301 Report's Priority Watch List as well, according to the MPAA.