Congress Might Bring Long-Needed Reform To This Office

Congress Might Bring Long-Needed Reform to This Office

U.S. industries that depend heavily on copyright—which protects books, movies, films, photos, music, as well as software from unauthorized reproduction by third parties—are an important key to American economic growth and innovation.
These industries yield hundreds of billions of dollars in sales and licensing revenues each year. In 2015 alone, American copyright-related industries generated $1.2 trillion of gross domestic product, according to a 2016 study.
What’s more, a 2016 Commerce Department report found that the copyright sector generated 5.6 million high-paying jobs in 2015, up from 5.5 million jobs the year before.
The importance of copyrights is enshrined in our Constitution, which authorizes …

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