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Gary Shapiro, President and CEO

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. He is a the author of CEA’s books Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses (Harper, 2013) and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort, 2011). Shapiro also writes columns regularly for,, and The Huffington Post. Follow his commentary and connect with him on Twitter: @GaryShapiro.


September 07, 2007
Amsterdam, Netherlands

"New channels create new methods for people to consume news and entertainment. This challenges broadcasters. Viewers now expect the content they want, at the quality they want, where they want it, when they want it. However, if broadcasters can learn to anticipate consumer demand, adapt quickly, and take advantage of their assets, there is a bright future ahead."

July 06, 2007
Qingdao, China

"China is strategic and swift. It is no wonder the Chinese consumer electronics market is growing. By 2010 it will exceed $100 billion. This rapid growth reflects a great strategy, the power of the Chinese economy and the strength of the global CE industry. Enjoyment and use of cool new technologies is universal and knows no national boundaries."

May 02, 2007
Washington, DC

"I submit that the demand for file sharing was created in large part by the recording industry's stubborn refusal to respond to consumer demand for access to digital music. The best evidence is that even after winning in the Supreme Court and shutting down the largest file sharing services, the RIAA still claims that piracy is its number one problem."

March 23, 2007
Austin American-Statesman

"Piracy is wrong. It is theft. But a grandmother who wants to watch a movie on her bedroom TV instead of in the living room is not a pirate. A teenager who legally downloads a song on his computer and wants to listen to it on a different manufacturer's MP3 player is not a pirate."

January 08, 2007
Las Vegas, NV

"Digital technology is fundamentally changing the world. It is fostering this new convergence. We are at the starting line, but our teammates include content producers, programmers, software companies, service companies and broadband providers."

January 04, 2007
Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Policy makers must work to ensure our role in the global marketplace by empowering U.S. companies with the means to remain competitive. This means ensuring that intellectual property laws do not restrict our manufacturers' ability to innovate, or the consumer's ability to buy devices that make the most of the content they own."

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