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There is tension in international intellectual property policy between less protection and more protection. The United States, a champion of expansion, plays a major role. It has contributed in multiple law-making forums. This article outlines the progress that the United States has made to further its interests in the global intellectual property law arena, both in law-making and in enforcement. It also discusses the interplay between these developments and the role of large corporations in private industry with a strong interest in intellectual property. It focuses on the film, music and pharmaceutical industries and specifically on copyright and patent laws. Albeit slow, the trend appears to be in favour of United States’ interests.
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