American companies, industry groups, the White House and Congress are united on the issue, says Robert Merges, who teaches intellectual property law at the University of California-Berkeley. The unity, he said, stems from a desire to stop Chinese piracy. And they want China to stop making it difficult for American companies to sell legal versions of their movies and music.
Merges says the WTO lawsuit shows the United States has run out of patience. But they will need more patience — these cases typically take many years to resolve.