DS: Japan — Measures Concerning Sound Recordings

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Complaint by the United States.

This request, dated 9 February 1996, is the first WTO dispute settlement case involving the TRIPS Agreement. The United States claims that Japan’s copyright regime for the protection of intellectual property in sound recordings is inconsistent with, inter alia, the TRIPS Agreement Article 14 (protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organizations).


Mutually agreed solution

On 24 January 1997, both parties informed the DSB that they had reached a mutually satisfactory solution to the dispute.


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