Antigua ruffled feathers this week when it announced plans to retaliate against American gambling prohibitions by disregarding US intellectual property rules. In theory, this could mean a free-for-all on music, movies and software.
The tiny Caribbean nation says a WTO victory against the United States means it can use piracy as a form of trade retaliation. Ordinarily, trade disputes allow one country to impose sanctions against another but, in Antigua’s case, the sanctions wouldn’t have provided legitimate compensation — meaning the country can go after American IP by hosting pirated goods on its servers.
Needless to say, the US content industry disagrees with Antigua’s approach and the government is warning it against “theft.” Antigua says it is in its rights because of the WTO ruling and because US anti-gambling laws cost it 4000 jobs. You can read the whole story by Reuters or you can simply watch this video — note the scene of Microsoft getting spanked over a photocopier — by NMA, the Taiwanese group that made that triumphant video (no longer available) about’s Bin Laden killing:
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