DS: European Communities — Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights for Motion Pictures and Television Programs

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Complaint by the United States.

This request, dated 30 April 1998, is in respect of the lack of enforcement of intellectual property rights in Greece. The US claims that a significant number of TV stations in Greece regularly broadcast copyrighted motion pictures and television programmes without the authorization of copyright owners. The US contends that effective remedies against copyright infringement do not appear to be provided or enforced in Greece in respect of these broadcasts. The US alleges a violation of Articles 41 and 61 of the TRIPS Agreement.


Mutually agreed solution

On 20 March 2001, the parties to the dispute notified a mutually satisfactory solution on the matter to the DSB.


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