The Wto, The Internet And Trade In Digital Products

The Wto, The Internet And Trade In Digital Products

by Sacha Wunsch-Vincent
     
 

ISBN-10: 1841135739

ISBN-13: 9781841135731

Pub. Date: 01/20/2006

Publisher: Hart Publishing (UK)

The rapid development of the Internet has led to a growing potential for electronic trade in digital content like movies, music and software. As a result, there is a need for a global trade framework applicable to such digitally-delivered content products. Yet, digital trade is currently not explicitly recognized by the trade rules and obligations of the World Trade…  See more details below

Overview

The rapid development of the Internet has led to a growing potential for electronic trade in digital content like movies, music and software. As a result, there is a need for a global trade framework applicable to such digitally-delivered content products. Yet, digital trade is currently not explicitly recognized by the trade rules and obligations of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This study provides a complete analysis of the related challenges in the ongoing WTO Doha Negotiations to remedy this state of affairs. It elaborates on the required measures in the multilateral negotiations to achieve market access for digital content and examines the obstacles that lie on the path to reach consensus between the United States and the European Communities. Negotiation parameters analyzed include the current US and EC regulatory approach to audiovisual and information society services and the evolution of their applicable trade policy jurisdiction. Finally, this examination takes stock of how the Doha Negotiations and parallel US-driven preferential trade agreement have so far contributed to securing free trade in digital content.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841135731
Publisher:
Hart Publishing (UK)
Publication date:
01/20/2006
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1The WTO's work relating to digitally-delivered content products15
2Unresolved horizontal WTO e-commerce questions35
3Essential improvements of WTO trade commitments81
4US negotiation parameters : internal measures and trade jurisdiction103
5EC negotiation parameters : internal measures and trade jurisdiction129
6Digital trade achievement of the Doha development agenda : slow or absent progress167
7Digital trade achievements of parallel US bilateral and regional trade negotiations : mixed results201
8Conclusion229

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