世界貿易組織撐腰 安地卡成為盜版避風港

加勒比海小島安地卡和巴布達,儼然成為美國軟體和娛樂產業最頭痛的敵人,因為安地卡威脅要把美國智慧財產權拋在腦後,來報復美國禁止公民使用她們的線上賭博服務。

線上賭博原本是安地卡重要的經濟收入。總人口十萬的島國上曾高達四千人投身博弈產業。可是美國卻以隔州下注違反國內法律為由,對安地卡的線上賭博下達禁令。導致當地只剩500名員工。

世界貿易組織卻認為美國此舉違反貿易條規,允許安地卡使用老美的智慧財產來進行貿易制裁。

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Internet gambling was a boon for Antigua’s economy. At one point more than 4,000 people out of a population of less than 100,000 were working in the industry. Then the US placed an embargo on Antigua’s online gaming industry, under the logic that placing bets across state lines violates American law. Now the industry only employs 500 people.

Antigua is threatening to allow ultra-cheap subscription or pay-per download sites to operate from Antigua, or set up a government-run torrent site that would allow free downloads of American music, movies and software, unless the US decides “to negotiate fairly and honestly in the very near future so that we do not ultimately have to implement the remedy,” Antigua’s lawyer, Mark Mendel, told Wired.

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