The National Music Publishers’ Association has teamed up with a group of other copyright industry bodies to commission a report outlining the value to the US economy of these industries. It claims that the US copyright industries employed more than 10.6 million people and contributed more than $1.6 trillion to the US economy in 2010, including $134 billion of exports.
The report is part of the lobbying effort for tougher laws to combat piracy. “America’s copyright industries continue to be a key economic driver, but that productivity and creativity is threatened more and more by digital theft,” says NMPA president and CEO David Israelite. “As the marketplace moves online, making sure copyrights are enforced in the digital world as they are in the physical world will mean the difference between sustaining these jobs and seeing them dwindle and disappear.” Critics are already pointing to an apparent contradiction between this statement, though, and the report’s finding that the core copyright industries grew at an aggregate annual rate of 1.1% between 2007 and 2010, compared to 0.05% growth for the entire US economy.