From Associated Press via TBO.com:
The United States is seeking consultations with China over rules on music downloading and cinema rights that appear to discriminate against foreign sound recordings and films, a U.S. trade official said Wednesday.
Hollywood studios and U.S. Internet music providers such as Apple Inc.’s iTunes store could be among the groups that suffer from “less favorable distribution opportunities” for imported films and foreign suppliers of music recordings in China, which the U.S. cited in a World Trade Organization request earlier this week. Stephen Norton, a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, said the issues would be addressed as part of an ongoing WTO complaint over restrictions on the sale of American movies, music and books. [Full Text]