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Industry: Motion Pictures, Film, Television
Founded: 1922
Headquarters: 1600 Eye St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Country: USA
Facebook: MPAA
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@@MPAA
Key People
Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

MPAA is the abbreviation for Motion Picture Association of America. It was established in the year 1922 by some of the presidents of the major motion picture studios by the name Motion Picture Producers and Distributors. It was later named Motion Picture Association of America in the year 1945. [1]. The MPAA is a trade association, which represents all the major producers as well as the distributors of theatrical motion pictures, television programs and home video material. [2]

The main offices of the MPAA are located at Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and California. It also has content protection teams based in Chicago, New York and Dallas. Apart from these, the MPAA and its subsidiaries also have commercial and regional offices in Singapore, Brussels, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Toronto. The MPAA along with its content protection groups also works with various other organizations from more than 30 countries all around the world. [3]

Mission of MPAA

The main mission of the MPAA is to enhance the art and business of filmmaking and increase its enjoyment all over the world.[1]

Functions of the MPAA

The main functions of the MPAA is to work towards providing the creative as well as artistic freedom to filmmakers as well work towards rallying private and public institutions all around the world and safeguard their interests as well as protect their intellectual property rights. It also thrives towards enhancing technology-driven innovation and also works towards opening the markets to the film industry.[1] The MPAA is the advocate and voice of the American motion picture, television industries and home video. Its efforts range from engaging in myriad technology, legislative, education and law enforcement initiatives. [2]

Members of the MPAA

Some of the key members of the Motion Picture Association of America include the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Sony Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Paramount Pictures Corporation and Universal City Studios LLC. All these members of the MPAA are nothing but the six major U.S. motion picture studios. [2]


MPAA supports the aim of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of introducing the limited number of Top Level Domains or TLDs as a proof of concept as it believes that it will help to bring a consistency as well as stability of the Internet as well as enhance the utility of DNS. The MPAA is also one of the active members of the Intellectual Property and Business Constituencies of the ICANN Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO).[2] The MPAA also works with ICANN to protect its interest in case of there is any theft to its intellectual property materials. [4]


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