Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WTO and Piracy as Legal Retaliation

Curious WTO dispute development involving legal piracy according to Freakonomic's Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman:
Back in 2007, the tiny islands prevailed in trade court against the U.S., successfully arguing that U.S. laws restricting Internet gambling violated the trade in services provisions of the WTO. But then they faced a conundrum. What could they do to punish the U.S.? Antigua’s proposed solution was to “suspend obligations” in the area of TRIPs. In other words, it would start ignoring certain copyright and patent rules.

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