Antigua preparing to launch website to sell media sans copyright fees

By Shawn Knight
Jan 25, 2013
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  1. The small island nation of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean is planning to launch a website that will sell music, movies and even software without paying copyright holder fees. The whole idea stems from a United States blockade preventing...

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  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Well, it seems as if they have found yet another way to circumvent the copyright protection. I see this failing so bad. And I know how its going to fail!! The US will claim that since the person purchasing the material is in the US they have to abide by the US Laws. They will also claim that although the carribian island may be able to sell without any copyright fees, it can only be sold that way PHYSICALLY. Not over the web.
    Also since when has the WTO have jurisdiction over copyright law? I mean really. Seriously. How exactly does the WTO have the power to supercede copyright jurisdiction.
  3. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 178   +25

    I suppose it is like the UN Security Council.
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Tygerstrike, copyright laws are within a given state, not a global policy, but some standards do transcend borders. Every country can set their own laws regarding copyright and most do, with the United States being in many cases the most stringent.

    Regarding the WTO, it's a supranational organization, one country/government doesn't control it but some have more sway than others. From my understanding the WTO ruled against the US for violating international trade treaties, and they later failing to comply with said ruling. This opened up the door for Antigua to force compliance, and their means appears to be suspending intellectual property rights for American holders. Essentially putting pressure on the US government to comply by depriving US businesses of compensation the same way the US has hurt Antiguan businesses. If I'm not mistaken this has happened before where the US has played favoritism towards its own businesses depriving foreign companies, allowing their home countries to retaliate in trade. How this will affect US consumers I can't say.
  5. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    Launch not lauch...
    psycros likes this.
  6. psycros

    psycros TechSpot Booster Posts: 670   +202

    Who cares? All parties involved are equally bankrupt. Morally and financially.


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