Washington, DC — The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) applauds the Senate Finance Committee for scheduling action Thursday on implementing legislation for the Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. IIPA counsel released the following statement:

“We commend the Finance Committee, under the leadership of Senator Baucus, for this significant milestone toward the ratification of the Korea, Colombia, and Panama Free Trade Agreements. These three historic Agreements are major steps forward for U.S. jobs and exports, including for the vital industry sectors that depend on copyright protection. The Agreements contain critical protections for copyright in the digital age, necessary to foster healthy growth of U.S. creativity and innovation, produce well-paying jobs in the creative and information sectors, and increase exports around the world of our nation’s creative and cultural goods and services. We urge both the Senate and the House of Representatives to act swiftly in the weeks to come to bring these critical Agreements into force as soon as possible.”