Well it is official - the country of Antigua is one step closer to launching a legal piracy portal - according to TorrentFreak. At a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland today the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially granted Antigua’s request to suspend U.S. copyrights - confirming a 2007 preliminary authorization given by the WTO to the Caribbean island. With this greenlight the country can launch a download portal that offers movies, music and software without compensating the American companies that make them.
The WTO authorized Antigua’s request because the U.S. has prevented the country from offering online gambling games to U.S. citizens. Even after the WTO ruled against the U.S. and granted Antigua preliminary authorization to suspend U.S. copyrights, the U.S. continued to blockade U.S. users from playing the country's online casino games.
Antigua’s Finance Minister Harold Lovell said in statement that the U.S. government left the country no choice but to find some way to make up for the damage done by the blockade.
"These aggressive efforts to shut down the remote gaming industry in Antigua has resulted in the loss of thousands of good paying jobs and seizure by the Americans of billions of dollars belonging to gaming operators and their customers in financial institutions across the world," Lowell said. "If the same type of actions, by another nation, caused the people and the economy of the United States to be so significantly impacted, Antigua would without hesitation support their pursuit of justice."
Antigua has not indicated when it would launch its online portal. We'll let you know when we have more details...