‘“It’s daylight robbery in Murder,” screamed a cult Bangladeshi rock band, and its plea has been heard’, writes the Telegraph of Calcutta in its front-page story on ‘tune-lift’ in the Hindi movie Murder (Telegraph, 20 May 2004). Miles, a very popular Bangladeshi music band (see box) has accused music director Anu Malik, a music-mogul of the Mumbai movie world, of committing pure piracy of one of its original compositions.
The commitments undertaken by Argentina in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) appear generous when compared with those of other Latin American countries. Based on this finding this case study tries to identify the main factors that shaped Argentina’s services offer under GATS. Although the complexity, extension and coverage of GATS lists makes it very unlikely that one single factor can account for the content of a national offer, our research suggests that the government’s desire to ‘lock in’ domestic policy reforms at a time of profound economic change was a major factor shaping the offer’s content. We found the case study interesting because it underlines the domestic roots of international trade policy-making and illustrates the way in which the international trade regime can be used instrumentally by national authorities willing to consolidate their policy preferences.
. In fact, WTO rulings act as a magnifying glass of countries’ (WTO-incompatible) trade policies. In this picture, reputation, a high-value asset to attract business and negotiate trade agreements, is thus at stake. A dispute between Argentina and Chile over variable levies for edible vegetable oils is a case in point.