WTO Launches Probe On China Distribution; Reviews Thai IP Policies (IP-Watch)

The World Trade Organization has launched an investigation into allegations that China is unfairly limiting the flow of copyrighted material from the United States into the country. Meanwhile, the WTO issued the periodic review of Thailand’s policies including a discussion of intellectual property rights. US concerns in the new dispute are that China provides “less favourable distribution opportunities for imported films for theatrical release than for like domestic films,” and that it provides “less favourable opportunities for foreign suppliers of sound recording distribution services and for the distribution of imported sound recordings than are provided to like service suppliers and like products,” according to the initial US request to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB). …

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