Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The People's Republic of China announced that it would appeal a World Trade Organization ruling which ordered China to ease restrictions on imports of movies, music, and books. China presently allows such imports but only if the foreign media distributes its products through companies owned by the Chinese government. The WTO ruling (which we reported on here) said that China should allow foreign media companies to distribute master copies of publications and movies directly under the same conditions as Chinese companies.
Under the WTO rules, China has two months to file its appeal. Yao Jian, a Chinese government spokesman who announced that China would file the appeal, did not indicate what substantive arguments China would make in its appeal. Click here for more information.