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American movies and TV shows are known for telling big stories that make a big impact, but the film and television industry isn’t just Hollywood; it’s your neighbourhood.

The economic contribution made by film and television business make substantial contributions to local economies that go beyond mere entertainment, and flow through to many sectors of the community.

In many cases, these screen industries are growth sectors, providing high productivity jobs, sustainable careers and creative businesses.

For example, in the Asia Pacific region, in China, the film and television industry directly supports 909,000 jobs and generates USD3.46 billion in tax revenues, contributing USD15.5 billion to the Chinese GDP. In Japan, the industry supports 88,569 jobs and directly contributes USD68 billion to the Japanese GDP,  and in South Korea, the industry supports 67,627 jobs and directly contributes USD6.77 billion to the South Korean GDP, while generating USD3.36 billion in tax revenues.

With so many jobs and livelihoods at stake, it is essential that the intellectual property of the screen community be promoted and robustly protected.

For more information on the economic contribution of film and television industries, see below. Full reports can also be found on the Research and Statistics page.

Access to Global Markets

Movies are one of America’s greatest exports. The motion picture and television industry is one of the few that consistently generates a positive balance of trade in every country in which it does business. The key to continuing this success is to work to avoid protectionism, counterfeiting and online piracy in overseas markets.

Keeping markets open enables people around the world to enjoy the movies they love, and strong intellectual property rights protect millions of jobs worldwide supported by the industry.

More than 70 percent of global box office sales come from international markets.

While copyright laws vary from country to country, a set of international agreements helps to protect creators and makers’ intellectual property rights across the globe. The World Trade Organization (WTO) establishes global trade rules, as well as a minimum level of protection for intellectual property rights under the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Countries have committed to meet certain intellectual property right standards through other pacts, as well, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet treaties and the Berne Convention.

Bilateral and regional trade agreements further deepen commerce and investment between the United States and its trading partners. Trade pacts help protect jobs by reducing trade barriers and protecting against discriminatory trade practices.

A number of countries in the Asia Pacific are currently negotiating agreements that have the potential to significantly expand trade flows, including access to greater content and entertainment. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a regional pact that would encompass much of the Asia-Pacific region, proposes including strong standards for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for the 21st century. Meanwhile, the United States and European Union have agreed to launch talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement, which would cut tariffs, improve regulatory cohesion and strengthen cooperation on intellectual property rights.

The MPAA also works closely with the U.S. Trade Representative to protect creators worldwide, identifying trouble spots listed on the annual Special 301 report and the Notorious Markets List. These lists are important tools for improving enforcement and market access among trading partners.


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