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MPAA welcomes trade legislation adoption

February 12, 2016

By Colin Mann

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has welcomed the adoption by the US Senate of The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644). The legislation will streamline legitimate trade, deepen cooperation between enforcement agencies and rightsholders, and address a series of intellectual property issues, including codification of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center as a formal institution within US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd: “We are very pleased that the Senate has adopted The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The motion picture and television industry relies on the protection of intellectual property rights to create and distribute movies and TV shows around the world, supporting nearly two million American jobs. This bill promotes a vibrant creative economy by providing creators with modernised tools to protect their content and increase their global competitiveness. Passing a customs and enforcement bill is an accomplishment that has not been achieved in nearly twenty years.

I commend Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, and Ways and Means Chairman Brady for their leadership in advancing this important legislation.”

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