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The WTO, the Internet and Trade in Digital Products: EC-US Perspectives

ISBN13: 9781841135731
ISBN: 1841135739
Published: January 2006
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £80.00

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The rapid development of the Internet has led to a growing potential for electronic trade in digital content like movies and video games. 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 recognised 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 Doha 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.

Finally, this examination takes stock of how the Doha Negotiations and parallel US-driven preferential trade agreements have contributed to securing free trade in digital content.

International Trade
Part One: The WTO Negotiation Context
1. The WTO’s Work Relating to Digitally-Delivered Content Products
Part Two: Requirements for Free Trade in Digitally-Delivered Content Products
2. Unresolved Horizontal WTO E-Commerce Questions
3. Essential Improvements of WTO Trade Commitments
Part Three: Internal US and EC Negotiation Parameters
4. US Negotiation Parameters: Internal Measures and Trade Jurisdiction
5. EC Negotiation Parameters: Internal Measures and Trade Jurisdiction
Part Four: Outcomes of the Doha Round and US-driven Preferential Trade Negotiations
6. Digital Trade Achievements of the Doha Development Agenda: Slow or Absent Progress
7. Digital Trade Achievements of Parallel US Bilateral and Regional Trade Negotiations: Mixed Results
8. Conclusion

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