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Labor, IP issues raised at AGOA eligibility hearing

August 17, 2018 at 11:24 AM
Industry and labor groups on Thursday took issue with a South African copyright law and Mauritania’s labor practices at a hearing the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative held to review countries’ eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act. AGOA provides preferential market access for sub-Saharan African countries that meet certain conditions. Kevin Rosenbaum, testifying on behalf of the International Intellectual Property Alliance, told the panel that South Africa’s 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill was non-compliant with AGOA. “As drafted,...

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