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WTO rules Saudi Arabia ‘promoted’ pirate network beoutQ

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that Saudi Arabia actively promoted and supported pirate broadcaster beoutQ in contravention of the country's obligations under international law to protect intellectual property rights.

In its much-anticipated report published today (Tuesday), the intergovernmental body said that the country is in breach of the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This agreement stipulates minimum standards for how WTO member states regulate IP with regards to nationals of other WTO member states.

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