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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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