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Today, the Internet Association testified at the U.S. Trade Representative on its annual Special 301 Report.

Each year, USTR prepares a report to identify countries that that “deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights” or, two, those that “deny fair and equitable market access to United States persons that rely upon intellectual property protection.”

In a filing submitted earlier this year, and in testimony today, the Internet Association advocated for increased focus on the complete picture of copyright law, which includes the robust limitations and exceptions that have shaped our nation’s rich history in promoting creativity and furthering the public’s interest.
As our trade partners worldwide consider reforms to their own copyright systems, it is important that our trade representatives have a comprehensive view of copyright and what makes the U.S. copyright system successful. For instance, critical provisions like fair use enable Internet companies to operate and thrive in the United States.