April 30, 2021
WASHINGTON – April 30, 2021 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the U.S. video game industry, today issued the following statement on the 2021 Special 301 Report released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
The USTR’s annual Special 301 Report identifies U.S. trading partners that do not adequately or effectively protect and enforce intellectual property rights or that otherwise deny market access to U.S. innovators and creators that rely on protection of their intellectual property rights.
“We thank USTR and its federal agency partners for their efforts on this report and year-round to protect U.S. intellectual property rights globally and address foreign market barriers critical to the U.S. video game industry,” ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said. “Strong intellectual property laws and enforcement in other countries enable video game companies to protect and sell innovative interactive entertainment to consumers around the world, which supports the industry’s high-paying American jobs and grows the U.S. economy.”
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About the ESA
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) serves as the voice and advocate for the U.S. video game industry. Its members are the innovators, creators, publishers and business leaders that are reimagining entertainment and transforming how we interact, learn, connect and play. The ESA works to expand and protect the dynamic marketplace for video games through innovative and engaging initiatives that showcase the positive impact of video games on people, culture and the economy. For more information, visit the ESA’s website or follow the ESA on Twitter @theESA.