US vs. Antigua in Legal “Pirate Site” DisputeAdded: Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Two years ago, the WTO authorized Antigua's request to suspend US copyrights after a trade dispute over gambling. In response, Antigua promised to launch a free download portal offering American movies, TV shows and music to everyone.
Back in 2013, Antigua and Barbuda were enjoying the profits of a flourishing gambling industry – before the US stepped in and prevented them from accessing their market. As a result, multi-billion dollar industry that employed about 5% of Antigua’s population has collapsed.
Antigua filed a dispute with the WTO and prevailed with ruling that the US actions violated free trade. In addition, the WTO granted Antigua the preliminary right to suspend US copyrights up to the value of $21 million for each year the country blocks its gambling services. Two years ago, Antigua decided to cash in via the launch of a pirate website dedicated to selling American movies, TV shows and music to the world, and the WTO authorized this plan.
The United States was furious and claimed that such an action would undermine Antigua’s chances for a settlement. However, Antigua continued to look for partners to assist with the launch of its download platform.
Last September, the country’s government formulated yet another comprehensive and realistic proposal to resolve the dispute with the US: although the country owes Antigua about $200m, it might settle for half the amount, $100m. And it will remain to be seen how much further the country will be prepared to go in order to settle. If not, a new legal “pirate website” could emerge online soon.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Friday, July 31st, 2015
|Good dont settle, lets have a sharing paradise. We dont need anymore crappy gambling sites.|
|i love to see a legal pirate site ......... it will be fun for million of its users .......|
|posted by (2015-08-01 22:34:29)|
|Did you not actually READ the article? It says plainly that Antigua planned to SELL the materials in question, (real piracy,) not allow free access to them, (internet pseudo-piracy more akin to "Robin Hood"-ing). I may download my movies, etc., because I'm too poor to buy them but if I were to pay for them I'd only pay for legal & proper copies. Until everyone starts drawing this distinction we'll continue to be crapped-on by studios, copyright trolls, and the legal systems of most of the world. Share & trade, yes, copy & sell, no!|
|posted by (2015-08-03 06:04:22)|
|I always like to see the bully get whats coming, but in this case these are not really pirates the way we know them, they are profiteers, taking advantage of piracy to line their pockets. Piracy in regards to the P2P community is about sharing, contributing freely and gladly...not for personal profit. The people you congratulate are the same as the people they steal from, perhaps even worse||
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