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Protecting U.S. Intellectual Property Rights and the Challenges of Digital Piracy

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  • Johnson, Christopher
  • Walworth, Daniel J.

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According to U.S. industry and government officials, intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement has reached critical levels in the United States as well as abroad. The speed and ease with which the duplication of products protected by IPR can occur has created an urgent need for industries and governments alike to address the protection of IPR in order to keep markets open to trade in the affected goods. Copyrighted products such as software, movies, music and video recordings, and other media products have been particularly affected by inadequate IPR protection. New tools, such as writable compact discs (CDs) and, of course, the Internet have made duplication not only effortless and low-cost, but anonymous as well. This paper discusses the merits of IPR protection and its importance to the U.S. economy. It then provides background on various technical, legal, and trade policy methods that have been employed to control the infringement of IPR domestically and internationally. This is followed by an analysis of current and future challenges facing U.S. industry with regard to IPR protection, particularly the challenges presented by the Internet and digital piracy.

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  • Johnson, Christopher & Walworth, Daniel J., 2003. "Protecting U.S. Intellectual Property Rights and the Challenges of Digital Piracy," Working Paper ID Series 15874, United States International Trade Commission, Office of Industries.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uitcoi:15874
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