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China Accepts WTO Ruling on US Entertainment

eldavojohn (898314) writes | more than 4 years ago

Censorship 0

eldavojohn (898314) writes "Via Game Politics, the US and China have signed an agreement decided by the World Trade Organization that will open the floodgates for US entertainment media to be sold in China. Previously China had argued that censoring certain video games, books, movies, etc gave them just cause to block all US entertainment. The other component was that China charged the United States with having a monopoly on such items when they were available through bootlegs and other unlicensed mediums inside China. The WTO ruled that censorship was not justification for erecting illegal trade barriers and both countries seemed to agree. It's unclear just how much this will affect distribution in China nor does it make it clear whether or not this puts more pressure on China to combat copyright violations inside its borders. It should be interesting to see the RIAA and MPAA response to this once it is in effect on March 19th of 2011."
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