The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) today released its 2011 study on the economic contributions of the copyright industries. Among key findings, in 2010 the U.S. industries most dependent on copyright protection:
- Added over $930 billion in value to the U.S. economy, almost 6.4% of the total GDP;
- Employed nearly 5.1 million U.S. workers – nearly 5% of the total private employment sector – with jobs paying an average of 27% more than the rest of the workforce; and
- Accounted for $134 billion in foreign sales and exports, far more than sectors such as aircraft, autos, and agriculture.
Source: International Intellectual Property Alliance