SMACKDOWN

Hollywood Beats China

The World Trade Organization handed a major defeat to China over imported media Wednesday, saying that the country could not force "intellectual property-rights owners to deal with only government-controlled companies." Video games, music, and movies all stand to benefit from the ruling, The Wall Street Journal reports. It also puts traffickers of pirated entertainment at a disadvantage, as the "legitimate American products" now have a better chance to make it into the lucrative Chinese market. Observers say countries are considering seeking similar rulings on auto parts and other exports to China in the wake of the decision. It remains to be seen to what degree China will cooperate.