UNESCO Culture Pact Worries American Filmmakers

“Late last month, members of the UNESCO voted 148 to 2 for an accord that supporters claim will protect local cultures from globalization. The debate was cast as a battle between global conformity and cultural diversity, with delegates from several smaller countries saying they were afraid of being swallowed up by American culture. But the United States and Hollywood’s major movie studios said they see the UNESCO accord as little more than trade protectionism and worry foreign countries will use it as a way to impose quotas or raise other barriers on the importation of American movies, television programs and music.”