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Antigua applies for permission to run 'pirate' website

Partial permission already given - Could "sell" $21m (13.2m) annually

     
2:40 pm on Jan 25, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Antigua is seeking permission to run a website that sells music, movies and software - but ignores copyright law.

It sought permission to sell movies, music, games and software via a store that would be able to ignore global agreements on copyright and trademark controls. It wanted to be able to sell up to $3.4bn (2.15bn) of those goods before having to make copyright payments.

The WTO rejected that figure, but said Antigua could sell $21m (13.2m) annually via the store before it had to consider paying copyright fees. The US is believed to have offered to pay Antigua $500,000 annually as compensation for the lost revenue.

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The US is believed to have offered to pay Antigua $500,000 annually as compensation for the lost revenue.


To clarify - the "lost revenue" in question is due to the US shutting off access to Antigua's online betting and gaming for US customers.

re: this "exemption" - I hope the WTO is ready for an avalanche of similar requests from economically squeezed nations worldwide.
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It sounds like if the WTO were in charge of much they would be approving North Korean long range missile launches at the US. Whose making these what amounts to blackmail decisions at the WTO?
 

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