According to the Computer & Communications Industry Association, fair use generates $4.7 trillion in revenue each year.

Industries that rely on fair use exceptions to copyright law grew faster than the rest of the U.S. economy from 2002 to 2007, expanded 5 percent and accounted for 23 percent of real economic growth, according to a new economic study. The Computer & Communications Industry Association released its 2010 economic study “Fair Use in the U.S. Economy” on Capitol Hill today.

CCIA commissioned the study conducted using publicly available government data and World Intellectual Property Organization methodology. It found companies benefiting from limitations on copyright-holders’ exclusive rights, such as “fair use” – generated revenue of $4.7 trillion in 2007 – a 36 percent increase over 2002 revenue of $3.4 trillion. The most significant growth over this period was in Internet publishing and broadcasting, web search portals, electronic shopping, electronic auctions and other financial investment activity.

Promoters of strengthened intellectual property rights want to capture some of that revenue for themselves, but will certain destroy much of the value in the process.

(HT: The Hill and RD.)

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