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US reponds to reports of Antiguan 'warez' site buildout

01/28, 6:33pm

Antigua allowed to waive $23 million in US copyrights annually

Following Antigua's announced intention to develop a online store using its ability to suspend copyright payments to the US awarded as part of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling, US spokesperson Nkenge Harmon warned the island nation that the move would "authorize the theft of intellectual property" and the US and its copyright holders would not tolerate the move.

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Antigua planning government-sanctioned 'warez' site

01/24, 10:43pm

Nation allowed to offset $21 million per year in US copyright by WTO

The Antiguan government is planning to open an online pirate marketplace, selling American media without reimbursing the copyright holders. The island nation is taking the controversial step in response to a decade of US-enacted legislation against online gambling, which is preventing legal access to the Antiguan sites. The US laws are in contravention of World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings which has allowed the island nation to operate the sites, and market them internationally, including to US markets. The WTO has ruled against the US twice regarding online gambling in Antigua over the past 10 years.

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