With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect the jobs and wages lost because of content theft.

The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, who is charged with putting together the first-of-its-kind plan as required by the “Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act” (PRO-IP Act) signed into law in 2008.

In response to the request for public comment, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the
National Music Publishers' Association, the Screen Actors Guild, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America submitted a joint filing that outlined the organizations' collective views.

Some of those views can be found here:

Meanwhile, the Copyright Alliance, whose members include some of the above and other organizations and individuals working in all 50 states, applauded the Obama Administration’s efforts to collect information and suggestions to support a comprehensive intellectual property plan.

“We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Joint Strategic Plan, and are pleased individual creators in our network can also offer their
stories,” Copyright Alliance Executive Director Patrick Ross said in a
statement. “America’s economy is fueled by the creative industries and its millions of workers. A coordinated, comprehensive federal plan to ensure that intellectual property rights are recognized and enforced is a welcome and critical investment in U.S. economic growth and job creation.”