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U.S. copyright waived in Caribbean, which can now legally pirate games

The Hollywood Reporter, by Leo Cendrowicz, Dec 25, 2007:

The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has won the right to waive U.S. copyrights in films, television and music [Contributor's Note: and videogames, as noted by Kotaku] under an unusual ruling by the World Trade Organization. The landmark decision by the Geneva-based trade watchdog means that the tiny islands are able to violate intellectual property protection worth up to $21 million as part of a dispute between the countries [between them and the US] over online gambling.

The ruling ends a legal battle lasting nearly five years, which ended in the WTO finding that Washington had wrongly blocked online gambling operators on the island from the American market at the same time it allowed online wagering on horse racing.

Title: The Hollywood Reporter, Kotaku
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BrianC62343497d ago

Wow, this makes zero sense. Just because the lame idiots couldn't have their online gambling they now get to rip off American companies? Their dispute is with the U.S. government. Why don't they just get some fine paid by the government? If I was an American company that will be pirated I'd sue the U.S. government over the losses.

Nice going Washington.

Skerj3497d ago

Haha pirates of the Caribbean.

Feihc Retsam3497d ago

Good call...

I don't see this holding up for very long

Crazyglues3496d ago

That response was Priceless.... Made me laugh...

Capt CHAOS3497d ago

But, yeah, lol.
@Skerj Pirates of the Caribbean.

CRIMS0N_W0LF3497d ago

Some companies bring piracy on their own.

For example in my country, while piracy is illegal, nearly all x360 have modchip. Why? There is no XBL here!

socomnick3496d ago

what country is that m8 ? why dont you guys use a uk account.

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