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Complaint by the European Communities.
This request for consultations, dated 24 May
1996, concerns the intellectual property protection of sound recordings
under GATT Article XXII:1. Violations of Articles 14.6 and 70.2 of the
TRIPS Agreement are alleged. Earlier, the United States requested
consultations with Japan on the same issue (WT/DS28), in which the EC
Mutually agreed solution
On 7 November 1997, both parties notified a mutually agreed
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