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WTO copyright case against China planned by US

The US administration may file a complaint at the World Trade Organization this week over China's piracy of copyrighted movies and books, according to people briefed by the Bush administration, the Bloomberg service reports.

The financial news service say officials have prepared two cases, one saying China sets too high a value on pirated movie or music discs before prosecuting violators, and another objecting to restrictions on the sale of foreign books and movies in the nation, they said.

China's illegal copying of movies, music and software is estimated to cost rights holders $2.2 billion in 2006 sales. Pirated DVDs like Academy Award- winning The Departed sells on the streets of Chinese cities for less than $1.

If it goes ahead, the WTO complaints will be the first by the US against China for breaching intellectual property rights.

Story filed 08.04.07

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