WTO Awards Caribbean Country Right to Ignore US Copyright

The WTO's recent ruling on Antigua's complaint against the US over the banning of online gambling resulted in a payment to the island nation much less than they asked for. It appears, though, that this payment was just part of the WTO's compensation package for Antigua/Barbuda. Via Kotaku, the Hollywood Reporter notes that the Caribbean country can now freely ignore US copyright laws - legally. This dispensation is apparently limited to some $21 million a year. "The WTO often takes decisions awarding trade compensation in cases where one nation's policies are found to break its rules. But this is only the second time the compensation lets one country violate intellectual property laws. In this case, Antigua will -- in theory -- be allowed to distribute copies of American DVDs, CDs and games and software with impunity. 'That has only been done once before and is, I believe, a very potent weapon,' Antigua's lawyer Mark Mendel said. 'I hope that the United States government will now see the wisdom in reaching some accommodation with Antigua over this dispute.'"

News source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The way this will all go down is that someone there will press the product , then they will seek US distribution ( go to get it in the stores somehow), the company in Antigua will get off and the company in the US doing the distribution will get sued and lose. Seen things like this happen before.

hkgonra said,
LOL , you have go to be kidding me , WTO , just like the UN , is very anti-United Sates.

yeah right like UN...

I don't think you'll even need to move, as long as the source is Antigua, it appears that it will be absolutely legal to get DVDs, CDs, games and software from Antigua. If the US puts a trade embargo on Antigua, then they will get slapped by the WTO even harder. Hopefully this will lead to the abolition of ridiculous policies in the US like banning online gaming (which a government should have zero say over).

stgeorge said,
I don't think you'll even need to move, as long as the source is Antigua, it appears that it will be absolutely legal to get DVDs, CDs, games and software from Antigua. If the US puts a trade embargo on Antigua, then they will get slapped by the WTO even harder. Hopefully this will lead to the abolition of ridiculous policies in the US like banning online gaming (which a government should have zero say over).

Personally, I think the ban was just to protect Vegas and Atlantic City... I think it had NOTHING to do with "protecting the public from gambling habbits"... like they always like to cry its for...

neufuse said,
Personally, I think the ban was just to protect Vegas and Atlantic City... I think it had NOTHING to do with "protecting the public from gambling habbits"... like they always like to cry its for...

But, but, what about the children </sarcasm>