Los Angeles, CA  (June 20, 2013)– SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement in response to the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement released by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator:

"SAG-AFTRA commends the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the Administration for their continued support of innovation, ingenuity and creativity, for their focus on the importance of American intellectual property as an economic force, and for their continued efforts to combat intellectual property infringement.

The work of SAG-AFTRA members makes possible the films, television programs, radio broadcasts, sound recordings and new media productions that are enjoyed by billions of people around the world and represent our nation's most recognizable export.  It is one of the few industries where we have a trade surplus. America's greatest strength is our creativity and innovative spirit, and those strengths, personified in our membership, must be cultivated and supported by the U.S. Government.   We are encouraged by the release of the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement and we look forward to working with all intellectual property stakeholders to ensure America's continued leadership in this pivotal area of growth."

SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. A proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide representing members working together to secure the strongest protections for entertainment and media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.

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