For the first time, Italy and Switzerland appear on the list of countries that need to step up their enforcement of intellectual property. China, Russia and Ukraine are the other countries named by the Congressional IAPC. In response, Motion Picture Association of America Senior EVP for Global and External Affairs Michael O’Leary released the following statement:

“The motion picture and television industry supports the jobs of 2.1 million creators, makers and other workers here in the United States and millions of others across the globe. For the United States, the entertainment we deliver is a critical driver of U.S. exports, consistently generating a positive balance of trade and entertaining audiences everywhere.

“As technology evolves and we transform the way we enjoy content, it remains important to protect our exports and ensure that hard working creators are compensated for their work. We believe governments around the world share our admiration of the original work created by the film and television community, and we hope all countries identified today will take the important steps necessary to protect this work from online theft and foster legitimate online commerce.

“As we continue to strive for an Internet that works for everyone, we thank Senators Whitehouse and Hatch and Congressmen Schiff and Goodlatte for their commitment to protecting creative content. Together with the help of governments and the private sector, we can protect the rights of creators and makers, keep content safe and continually improve the viewing experience for consumers.”