Copyright industries account for over $1 trillion in annual value to U.S. economy, according to a new study being released today (Nov. 19) by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIIPA).
That represents almost 6.5% of GDP.
Those figures include U.S. industries that create, distribute and exhibit TV and radio programming, books, print, videogames computer software, music, and movies.
According to the study, that "core" copyright workforce is almost 5.4 million jobs with an average annual compensation for "core" copyright workers of $84,644 and $142 billion in foreign sales.
The study is based on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and other government stats.
Over the past three years (2009 to 2012), core copyright industries' value grew at an aggregate annual rate of 4.7%, more than twice the growth rate of the economy.
The report comes as studios continue to defend their intellectual property from content pirates and disruptive distribution models like Aereo that they contend arse also illegal circumvention of copyright payments.
“This study demonstrates that not only do U.S. copyright industries develop the creative works that inspire and entertain so many, they also provide high paying jobs and spur economic activity, consistently contributing to a trade surplus and adding substantial value to our GDP," said Rep.Judy Chu (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, in a statement. "This is why we must preserve and protect the works of our creative industry, so they can continue to drive economic growth and innovation with a uniquely American product."