Market Access / Trade Barriers
Fair and equal access to the marketplace is a necessity of international business. IFTA supports efforts to remove trade barriers that may hinder IFTA members' access to lucrative markets and distribution channels.
IFTA Responds to FCC re: Empowering Parents & Protecting Children
IFTA urges the FCC to adopt regulatory measures and incentives aimed at the financing, production and distribution of children’s programming from independent sources
IFTA Comments on USITC Investigation into Export Activities of Small/Medium Sized Businesses
IFTA discusses independents’ reliance on a healthy global export market, the damage caused by piracy and other international trade constraints.
IFTA, Others' Joint Filing to the European Commission on Sustaining European Film Industry in Emerging Digital Future
IFTA, FIAD (International Federation of Film Distributors Associations), FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) and IVF (International Video Federation) submitted a joint filing focused on the copyright system, rights holders' contractual freedom and exclusive right to choose distribution terms, and a focused enforcement policy.
IFTA Responds to European Commission's Creative Content Online Policy, Filed at European Commission
In its Comments to the European Commission, IFTA addressed the proposed provisions, explaining how mandating multi-territory licensing, focusing on interoperable Digital Rights Management systems (as opposed to development of consumer-friendly technology), and requiring content stakeholders (in lieu of the EU member states) to police against piracy may be unproductive and detrimental to IFTA members' business interests.
USTR Files WTO Complaint against China re: Measures Affecting Trade Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Products (WT/DS363)
IFTA works with the United States Trade Representative in the WTO case against China seeking to enforce China's compliance with its World Trade Organization obligations. In this case, United States asserts that China is providing less favorable trade treatment to foreign individuals and enterprises compared to Chinese enterprises. This has affected trading and distribution rights with respect to imported films for theatrical release and audiovisual home entertainment products.