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WTO to investigate TV piracy claim against Saudi Arabia

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:49 am

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has said it would investigate Qatar’s allegations of intellectual property breaches against Saudi Arabia. It concerns piracy of the BeIN Sports channels.

A Geneva trade official said the WTO had agreed “to establish a panel to rule on Saudi Arabia’s alleged failure to provide adequate protection of intellectual property rights”.

Qatar launched the dispute in October, saying Saudi Arabia was blocking beIN and refusing to take effective action against alleged piracy of beIN’s content by beoutQ, a TV pirating operation.

Sophie Jordan, Executive Director of Legal Affairs and General Legal Counsel of beIN Media Group, welcomed the action by the WTO: “We are pleased to see that the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body has agreed to establish a panel in the dispute being brought against Saudi Arabia’s failure to protect intellectual property rights, including those of beIN Media Group and our licensors.

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