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June 10, 2005
Brazil Threatens to Ignore US IP Rights
The LA Times reports that Brazil is threatening to void US intellectual property rights in retaliation for subsidies provided to US cotton growers (Trade Battle With Brazil Threatens U.S. Copyrights).
Angered by subsidies to U.S. cotton growers, Brazilian lawmakers said Thursday that they were considering suspending the intellectual property rights of American products in their country if the U.S. government did not explain how it intended to change subsidy programs by July 1. ...
"Essentially, the Brazilian position would be, 'We're going to have state-sanctioned piracy,' " said Neil Turkewitz, an executive vice president of the Recording Industry Assn. of America, the music industry's largest trade and lobbying group.
Read the whole thing. This could get interesting.
posted by Ernest Miller |
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