Antiguas WTO-approved Filesharing-Service

Tolle Story: Vor fünf Jahren urteilte ein Schiedsgericht der Welthandelsorganisation WTO, dass der Karibik-Staat Antigua amerikanische Copyrights im Gegenwert von 21 Mio. Dollar jährlich (heise nennt kein „jährlich“, Caribbean360 allerdings schon) der verletzten darf, da die USA mit ihrer Online-Casino-Blockade die lokale Wirtschaft in diesem Sektor ruiniert hatten. Antigua versuchte seitdem, die Schulden der Amis einzutreiben, selbstverständlich ohne Erfolge. Jetzt wollen sie wohl einen „Filesharing“-Service (wohl eher eine Plattform, die US-Medien verkauft) launchen. Ich glaube, ich wander’ aus nach Antigua. Popcorn!

In 2005 the WTO ruled that the US refusal to let Antiguan gambling companies access their market violated free-trade, as domestic companies were allowed to operate freely. In 2007 the WTO went a step further and granted Antigua the right to suspend U.S. copyrights up to $21 million annually.

TorrentFreak is informed by a source close to Antigua’s Government that the country now plans to capitalize on this option. The authorities want to launch a website selling U.S. media to customers worldwide, without compensating the makers.

The plan has been in the works for several months already and Antigua is ready to proceed once they have informed the WTO about their plan. Initially the island put the topic on the WTO meeting last month, but the U.S. blocked it from being discussed by arguing that the request was “untimely.” This month Antigua will try again, and if they succeed their media hub is expected to launch soon after.

Antigua’s attorney Mark Mendel told TorrentFreak that he can’t reveal any details on the plans. However, he emphasized that the term “piracy” doesn’t apply here as the WTO has granted Antigua the right to suspend U.S. copyrights. “There is no body in the world that can stop us from doing this, as we already have approval from the international governing body WTO,” Mendel told us.

Antigua Government Set to Launch “Pirate” Website To Punish United States (Bild: Antigua Island, Caribbean Sea)