Antigua pressures US with threat of a WTO-supported piracy haven


Antigua is threatening to create a paradise for movie and music piracy right on the US’ doorstep. The island has asked the WTO for final approval to temporarily invalidate the copyright, trademark, and patent rights of American companies. If approved, the sanctions would essentially legalize the theft of US intellectual property (IP) — Antiguan residents could access copyrighted material without paying licensing fees.

Antigua says it was previously granted the preliminary rights to ignore US IP claims in a 2007 World Trade Organization (WTO) decision. The High Commission from Antigua’s Carl Roberts says that, should the WTO accept its request to suspend US IP rights, it will use the authorization to push the US to “use the intervening…

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