Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the World Trade Organization

January 28, 2013 -

Well it is official - the country of Antigua is one step closer to launching a legal piracy portal - according to TorrentFreak. At a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland today the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially granted Antigua’s request to suspend U.S. copyrights - confirming a 2007 preliminary authorization given by the WTO to the Caribbean island. With this greenlight the country can launch a download portal that offers movies, music and software without compensating the American companies that make them.

The WTO authorized Antigua’s request because the U.S. has prevented the country from offering online gambling games to U.S. citizens. Even after the WTO ruled against the U.S. and granted Antigua preliminary authorization to suspend U.S. copyrights, the U.S. continued to blockade U.S. users from playing the country's online casino games.

Antigua’s Finance Minister Harold Lovell said in statement that the U.S. government left the country no choice but to find some way to make up for the damage done by the blockade.

"These aggressive efforts to shut down the remote gaming industry in Antigua has resulted in the loss of thousands of good paying jobs and seizure by the Americans of billions of dollars belonging to gaming operators and their customers in financial institutions across the world," Lowell said. "If the same type of actions, by another nation, caused the people and the economy of the United States to be so significantly impacted, Antigua would without hesitation support their pursuit of justice."

Antigua has not indicated when it would launch its online portal. We'll let you know when we have more details...

Source: TorrentFreak

 


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Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

If congress wanted to make Antigua's whole case with WTO moot and still ban online gambling, they could easily do so by just make online gambling illegal period and remove the loop holes for online betting for things like domestic horse racing etc. 

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Wha...?

The US government won't allow online gambling (since it's illegal here in a very vast majority of cases), so the country affected gets to violate international copyright law?

In what universe does that make any amount of sense?

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

They're allowed to violate it because the specific law under dispute does permit online gambling in a specific arena. It might be worth looking at the original WTO ruling: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/cases_e/ds285_e.htm

Short version: the complaint is about specific laws regarding bets on horse racing, which were not equally applicable to foreign and domestic entities (that is, restrictions placed on the one did not also apply to the other). Due to the US government's repeated refusal to correct this discriminatory application, the WTO has ruled that, under the terms of the TRIPS Agreement (to which the United States and Antigua are both signatories), Antigua is permitted to ignore 21 million dollars per year of US copyrights until the laws are changed as required by treaty. The site Antigua is setting up is merely an extension of that existing ruling.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

Except it isn't discriminatory, since it isn't JUST Antigua that's blocked. It's pretty much everyone.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

Except the US itself. That's the discrimination, which isn't allowed under a treaty that the US is a signatory to.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

Bizarro world?

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

The only thing I can say to this is.....buh? I heard that they were looking to get this "Legal" pirate site, but I didn't think that the WTO would actually give them permission.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

Violate a trade agreement, ignore the decisions of international governing body, and claim you can alter trade agreement at will, there maybe just be sanctions. Seems fair to me.  Especially considering the zeal the U.S displays enforcing decision in it's favor from similar governing bodies.

If they ever launch the site I'll see what I can pick up on the cheap.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

It's odd little things like this that make one start wondering about the whole free trade thing.  Seems a bit silly that, because one nation doesn't want another circumventing its laws, a third party can rule the first nations copyrights don't count in the second.  Seriously, this makes no sense.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

It's not that Antigua is trying to circumvent the US's laws - it's that the US isn't following it's treaty obligations. Under the US constitution, treaties (in theory) override any federal or state laws. So yeah, it may violate laws, but treaties take precedence over them.

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

You won't let us sell our wares in your country so we're going to give yours away for free.

Okay...

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

Wasn't there actually mentioned somewhere that the site would charge for stuff?

Re: Antigua’s Legal 'Pirate Site' Gets Greenlight by the ...

Not that I've seen but as I'm sure you can tell from my previous comment, I don't know what the heck's going on here.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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