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Economic growth begins with ideas, innovation and creativity. Since the signing of the Constitution, the U.S. has protected the fruits of creativity and innovation through intellectual property protection, primarily expressed as patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.

As our economy has become even more dependent on innovation, intellectual property issues have been pushed to the forefront. The clashes have led some to question the value and even the legitimacy of IP protection. While some of these attacks come from the libertarian perspective, most originate from the same naïve socialist impulses that so demonstrably failed in the realm of real property—but somehow are seen as thoughtful with respect to IP.

IPI believes that creators have the right to own and control the fruits of their creativity, and that the IP system has done an admirable job of not only incentivizing innovation, but also making creative products and services available to the public and transferring technology to the developing world.

June 15, 2017

IPI Congratulates Vishal Amin on IPEC Nomination


IPI congratulates Vishal Amin on his nomination by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to be the next U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, and urges the Senate to swiftly approve Amin’s nomination.

June 9, 2017

Coalition Letter Regarding the Family Movie Act and VidAngel


It is ironic that a company purporting to champion family values instead operates in violation of the Ten Commandments: Thou Shalt Not Steal.

June 8, 2017

The Angel with the Heart of a Pirate


VidAngel claims its motives are pure, but it’s MO is to steal content from its owners without regard to licensing and compensation.

June 7, 2017

Hollywood Under Cyberattack: How to Defend Against the Big Hack

Claims about the economic impact of piracy are hotly contested. 

May 12, 2017

How Does Spotify Make Money?

Its business model was welcomed by the music industry which has suffered losses in revenues and album sales due to music piracy over the Internet. Spotify allows users to either stream music for free if they are willing to listen to advertisements, or pay a subscription fee for a premium service, meanwhile paying royalties due to artists and record companies.

April 5, 2017

Letter to the Texas Congressional Delegation Regarding Protection of Intellectual Property


Letter to the Texas delegation urging their opposition of the UN's efforts to weaken intellectual property protections.

February 23, 2017

Coalition Letter: Intellectual Property Guidelines for the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress


January 31, 2017

Comments on House Judiciary Committee Copyright Office Modernization Proposal


September 29, 2016

FCC Chairman Delays His Ill-Advised Set-Top Box Proposal


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today pulled his ill-advised set-top box proposal from a scheduled vote, which is a good thing. The proposal has not been made public for comment and review, exceeds the FCC's jurisdiction, and creates significant new problems.

September 22, 2016

Transparently Hypocritical at the FCC and Public Knowledge


The FCC is slated to vote on a controversial set top box proposal by Chairman Wheeler that no one outside the FCC has seen.

 

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