And I got one of them: A new study of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) tries to estimate the value fair use exemptions bring to the US economy. The numbers are quite impressive: The annual revenue of the fair use industries amounts to more than 4.5 trillion dollars, according to CCIA.

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Information Week, who reported about the study first, put these numbers in perspective:

"Recent studies indicate that the value added to the U.S. economy by copyright industries amounts to $1.3 trillion, said Black. The value added to the U.S. economy by the fair use amounts to $2.2 trillion."

There are also some interesting numbers about employment caused by fair use in the report:

"Employment in industries benefiting from fair use increased from 10.5 million in 2002 to 10.8 million in 2006. Thus, about one out of every eight workers in the United States is employed in an industry that benefits from the protection afforded by fair use."

Now who are all those folks that depend on fair use to keep their job? You and me, for a start. CCIA included online publishers and broadcasters, ISPs and search engines, libraries and archives, web hosters, computer and software makers, manufacturers of consumer electronics, your grouchy video clerk, your grouchy Amazon employee, everyone working for Ebay, AT&T, Comedy Central, Comcast, Lexmark, Canon, Borders and all of their lawyers. Just to give you a few examples.

Honestly, after browsing through the list I was surprised that there are people left who aren't depending on Fair Use in their job. And I guess it can only be a question of days until the copyright industry retaliates, showing that every McDonald's employee depends on copyright. After all, you gotta protect those clowns, or our whole economy is gonna go downhill.

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