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WTO accuses Saudi Arabia of non-compliance with anti-piracy requirements


The World Trade Organization (WTO) has sided with Qatar in its dispute with Saudi Arabia about the illegal use of broadcasts of the sports channel beIN SPORTS. The organization believes that Saudi Arabia does not comply with international requirements to combat piracy, WTO’s spokesman Keith Rockwell told Al Jazeera.

“It is known that the beoutQ television channel from Saudi Arabia broadcast pirated beIN SPORTS content, and that the Saudi authorities haven’t stopped it. Saudi Arabia does not comply with international requirements and legal obligations to combat piracy,” Rockwell said.

Qatar continues its WTO dispute with Saudi Arabia over its intellectual property piracy lawsuit. Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of creating a beoutQ channel on its territory and stealing TV programs from the Qatari sports channel beIN Sports, as well as selling receiving devices that allow watching broadcasts of a Qatari television channel in the kingdom without a paid subscription. Qatar believes that the pirate screening was especially common during the screening of matches of the World Cup in Russia, for the broadcast of which beIN Sports received exclusive rights.

In December 2018, the WTO agreed at the request of Qatar to hold a panel of arbitrators to consider a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia on intellectual property piracy. In June this year, Saudi authorities said the WTO rejected Qatar’s claims, but Doha accused Riyadh of lying about it.

source: aljazeera.com