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  The Copyright Industry


Copyright is not only about protecting the rights of creators, but has also become a major branch of industry with significant contributions to the global economy. According to the International Intellectual Property Alliance the U.S. copyright industry has grown almost three times as fast as the economy as a whole for the past 20 years. In 1997, the total copyright industries contributed an estimated US$ 529.3 billion to the U.S. economy with the core copyright industries accounting for US$ 348.4 billion. Between 1977 and 1997, the absolute growth rate of value added to the U.S. GDP by the core copyright industries was 241 %. Also the copyright industry's foreign sales in 1997 (US$ 66.85 billion for the core copyright industries) were larger than the U.S. Commerce Department International Trade Administration's estimates of the exports of almost all other leading industry sectors. They exceeded even the combined automobile and automobile parts industries, as well as the agricultural sector.

In an age where knowledge and information become more and more important and with the advancement of new technologies, transmission systems and distribution channels a further increase in the production of intellectual property is expected. Therefore as copyright establishes ownership in intellectual property it is increasingly seen as the key to wealth in the future.




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Copyright
    Intellectual Property and the "Information Society" Metaphor
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-3   Legal Protection: WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
-2   Legal Protection: TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights)
-1   Legal Protection: European Union
0   The Copyright Industry
+1   The Piracy "Industry"
+2   Challenges for Copyright by ICT: Introduction
+3   Challenges for Copyright by ICT: Copyright Owners
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Recent "Digital Copyright" Legislation: European Union
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Total copyright industries
The total copyright industries encompass the "core copyright industries" and portions of many other industries that either create, distribute, or depend upon copyrighted works. Examples include retail trade (a portion of which is sales of video, audio, software, and books, for example), the doll and toy industry, and computer manufacturing.