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American music is enjoyed worldwide, and is one of the leading U.S. exports — culturally and economically.  Music fuels U.S. economic growth, job creation and trade competiveness.  However, the many contributions of the American music community face significant challenges globally.  Creators, and the labels that invest in music creativity, depend on strong protection of copyright as well as on enforcement actions that combat piracy and unfair competition by those seeking to profit music at the expense of the American music community.

RIAA works through a variety of channels, including with U.S. and foreign governments, international organizations, and other industry and non-governmental partners to ensure the rights of music creators are strengthened and reinforced throughout the world and that barriers to foreign market access are removed.

We support a forward-looking trade policy to advance American economic growth, job creation, and trade competitiveness through music. The future of trade in music products and services, and the music community’s significant contributions to the U.S. economy, are built on a strong foundation of respect for creativity, reflecting both today’s streaming economy and tomorrow’s digital future.

We are members of the following organizations dedicated to the advancement of trade policy that promotes American creativity:

ACTION for Trade:

USAlliance For Music:

International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA):

Copyright Alliance:

Global Innovation Policy Center:

For a list of our international news and trade filings, please see International Headlines: