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37 Va. J. Int'l L. 441 (1996-1997)
The Next Round: The Impact of the WIPO Copyright Treaty on TRIPS Dispute Settlement

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The Next Round: The Impact of the
WIPO Copyright Treaty on TRIPS
Dispute Settlement
NEIL W. NETANEL*
I. INTRODUCTION
In December 1996, the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) sponsored a diplomatic conference in Geneva with a prin-
cipal objective of bringing world intellectual property law into the
digital age.1 Professor Pamela Samuelson's contribution to this
Symposium presents a riveting account of that conference, describ-
ing in rich detail how the national delegations unexpectedly rebuf-
fed U.S. and E.U. efforts to instate a worldwide regime of
extensive proprietary control over digital and nondigital content2
* Assistant Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law. Copyright 1997 by
Neil W. Netanel. I would like to thank the following persons for their helpful comments
and suggestions regarding this Comment: Frederick Abbott, Paul Geller, Doug Laycock,
Mark Lemley, David Nimmer, Steve Ratner, and Pam Samuelson. My thanks also to
Elizabeth Swain for her research assistance.
1. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the
United Nations. WIPO administers intellectual property treaties, serves as a forum for
treaty drafting, conclusion, and revision, and provides technical assistance for the drafting
of domestic intellectual property legislation. For further information concerning WIPO
and its activities, as well as for on-line copies of many of the WIPO documents cited
herein, see <http.//www.wipo.org>.
2. See Pamela Samuelson, The U.S. Digital Agenda at WIPO, 37 Va. J. Int'l L 369
(1997). As Professor Samuelson notes, the conference did not focus entirely on the digital

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