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THE U.S. COPYRIGHT INDUSTRIES APPLAUD THE CONCLUSION OF THE U.S.-MOROCCO FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

jeudi 23 février 2006, par anass


The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), comprised of six trade associations and their over 1,300 companies representing the U.S. copyright industries, applauded U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and his able team of negotiators for reaching final agreement today on a Free Trade Agreement with Morocco. IIPA congratulates Morocco for its foresight in agreeing to high levels of copyright protection and enforcement, including full implementation of and accession to the WIPO “Internet” treaties, that should enable it to further develop its own local copyright-based industries and better attract e-commerce investment. Eric H. Smith, IIPA President, said, “Ambassador Zoellick and his negotiators deserve the highest praise for achieving high standards of copyright protection. High standards of copyright protection are important for the development of Morocco’s creative industries, and will set important precedents that we hope will lead to adoption of similar standards in North Africa and the Arab world. It should also not be underestimated what high-level copyright protection in Morocco will mean to the U.S. economy, to jobs and to the future of global e-commerce. Morocco recognizes that its economy will increasingly depend on the creativity of its citizens, as supported by comprehensive copyright protections, as new markets develop to promote the digital transmission of copyright material globally. By securing high levels of obligations on copyright protection and enforcement, the United States has signaled that it seeks the widest dissemination of copyright-based enabling technologies and entertainment products around the world.” “IIPA looks forward to reviewing the details of the final U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement IPR text when it is made public,” Smith added. “We are committed to ensuring that the copyright and enforcement provisions in FTAs continue to reflect the critical needs of the copyright community in the digital and online environment as well as the need for a very strong set of enforcement obligations.”

* * * The IIPA is a private-sector coalition formed in 1984 to represent the U.S. copyright-based industries in bilateral and multilateral efforts to improve international protection of copyrighted materials. IIPA’s six member associations represent over 1,300 U.S. companies producing and distributing materials protected by copyright laws throughout the world - all types of computer software including business applications software and entertainment software (such as videogame CDs and cartridges, personal computer CD-ROMs and multimedia products) ; theatrical films, television programs, home videos and digital representations of audiovisual works ; music, records, CDs, and audiocassettes ; and textbooks, tradebooks, reference and professional publications and journals (in both electronic and print media).

Source :IIPA.Le 02Mars 2004.


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