The Association of American Publishers (AAP) sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump this morning.
The letter, signed by Allan Adler, general counsel and vice president of government affairs for the AAP, runs five pages and discusses, in part, why effective copyright legal protections are critical for publishers; how publishers make significant societal contributions; China’s “failure to live up to its commitments to lift restrictions on foreign investment in publications importation and distribution”; and why Congress must fix the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
After introducing what the AAP is, the letter continues:
Among AAP’s highest public policy priorities are the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish, and promotion of research, education and literacy.
While the Internet and smartphones have added texting, tweeting, emailing, instant messaging, social networking, and blogging to the ways individuals communicate privately with a few or publicly with a crowd, publishing an original work remains a compelling way to tell a story, explain any subject, offer a viewpoint, or spread facts and ideas. Some authors choose to self-publish, but the more traditional approach of an author teaming up with an established publisher is still a tried and true means for people with something to say to reach those willing to heed them, even amidst the constant flow of so many digitally-enabled voices, texts and images competing for their attention at all times of every day wherever they may be.
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