Copyright + Creativity = Jobs and Economic Growth

A 2012 WIPO study on the economic contribution of the copyright industries has confirmed the importance of copyright-based industries in overall economic performance. The survey built on data from 30 national studies (in all continents and among both developed and developing countries) and showed that copyright industries have a significant economic contribution.

On average they contribute 5.4% to GDP and 5.9% to national employment. Press and literature represents 40.46% of the copyright industries’ contribution to the GDP.

The survey also showed a strong and positive relationship between contribution of copyright industries to GDP and the existence of a well established legal and political system where both physical and intellectual property rights are respected.

The WIPO survey is available here.