US Will Be Punished By Pirates

For the first time ever, the government of a small country will launch a global online store selling all US media without compensating its original American creators. And what's more, it will be perfectly legal.

US Will Be Punished By Pirates
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In a remarkable turn of events, the government of Antigua plans to launch a global store selling all US media at a huge discount - and will refuse to compensate its original creators. It means US musicians, film makers and authors will not earn a share of any profits generated by the scheme, which some believe is an new form of international piracy. The move is in retaliation to the US shutting down the multi-billion dollar online gambling industry in Antigua, a country in the Caribbean. But while the US blocked the Antiguan operation, similar gambling sites based in the US were allowed to continue. "What was once a multi-billion dollar industry in our country, employing almost 5% of our population has now shrunk to virtually nothing," Antigua's High Commissioner in London said. Antigua filed a dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because of the unfair blockade, and won. The WTO later granted Antigua the right to suspend US copyright up to $21 million every year, which will allow them to trade US media without permission or having to pay royalties. The US has warned Antigua against the plan, but it is pressing ahead. "There is no body in the world that can stop us from doing this, as we already have approval from the international governing body WTO," Antigua's attorney Mark Mendel told Torrent Freak. While Antigua can only earn up to $21 million from the scheme, it could lose the US significantly more. For example, it could charge as little as $1 per month for full and free access to US media of all kinds, and in turn 21 million less people would be paying the full price through regular channels such as iTunes. What do you think of the scheme? Is Antigua just being spiteful, or should the US stop the unfair gambling blockade? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    barakar42
    Brilliant!
    K!!LsWiTcH
    i cant see how this is a good thing.i wouldnt want this to happen to any artist from any country and all non us dickheads can say is **** america. you guys are stupid. us shuts down online gambling, so antigua will refuse to pay people who deserve earnings from the rights of their own music? insane...
    sonofgkex
    You guys realize that we, the people of the United States of America, are about to either decide that you are an irrelevant country or blow your shit up. Not to be a typical 'merican, but messing with America is a great way cause problems for yourself. Also, if America gets at least one or two billion of the gambling money things will even out.
    Univibe
    Sorry meant down vote. America loves making rules they have no intention of following. Why don't you find a more legitimate way to subsidize your rediculous debt to fund your world police?
    llBlackenedll
    @sonofgkex: Are you saying that if you're trodden down by someone or something bigger than you, you should just let it slide and accept your fate?
    sonofgkex
    No, what I was trying to say was that all the excitement in the comments over "sticking it to America" should be tempered with the knowledge that this will not have much real impact on America. I predict that it will go largely unnoticed.
    Kinths
    You went very typical American. "Hurr we 'merica, don **** with us we think we control the world. it's fine for us to **** with ur shit, but we gon get all mad and blow ur shit up if you do it back to us 'MURICA!!!"
    Funk Monk
    You guys act like it's native people from Antigua who ran these businesses. Not only are they ran by the Rich attempting to evade tax, 5% of their population would cover all of the "white" people there. Do you even realize who the enemy is? The word "Typical American" is itself an Oxy-Moron.
    JelloCrust
    You know? I'm not entirely sure who to side with, but the fact that the WTO is involved and this information you have provided leads me to kind of side against Antigua.
    Carl Hungus
    Professional troll. I have a feeling that this poster either does not live in the U.S. or is simply fishing for hate.
    malahk
    lol idiot, the US couldn't even formulate a bad half-assed excuse to "blow their shit up". they can't decide it's irrelevant, 'cause the ones losing the big bucks are the companies and people that lobby congress to benefit them, and congress always listens to their money
    iommi600
    "US Will Be Punished By Pirates" I really thought of "Arr!", ships docking and all that jazz when I first read this...
    AJScott
    Sounds like one of those crisis' you read about in history books at school, I say go Antigua for getting back at the US, however it's a shame it will affect those (US musicians/filmmakers etc) who had nothing to do with closing down the gambling sites.
    AcousticMetal99
    Yeah - it doesn't so much hurt the American government and suchlike as individuals and companies. I can see their point, but I don't agree with them doing it. Also think America was being hypocritical to not close their own similar gambling sites. Surely it should be a simple case of compensation in a go rather than this ongoing scheme?
    Kinths
    Well actually it does hurt the American government unfortunately it has to do it through a middle man. If they do start selling this stuff ridiculously cheap it's going to mean a substantial loss in taxes Media is one of the biggest industries in the world. Can you name anyone you know who doesn't use some form of media? This could be a substantial loss in taxes at a time when America like many other countries is suffering from huge debts and a recession. It's completely fair of Antigua to do this, it's about time America is shown that they don't rule or control the world. Though knowing America they will probably claim Antigua has WMD's and will start another illegal war they can't afford.
    AcousticMetal99
    I agree everyone in the (semideveloped world (basically everyone except indigenous tribes in some places) use media, and it's a big revenue generator. Regardless of what the WTO said, I still don't think it's fair. America should have to lift their ban (seeing as they don't govern Antigua) and reimburse the money they have (probably - it'll have to be an estimate) cost Antigua.
    Vicryl 2.0
    America governs the world....
    AcousticMetal99
    America would like to think so... In fact, all they do is throw around their economic might. If people stopped listening to their threats, their power would decrease. Sure, there are times America should get involved. In Antigua's domestic and economic policy and their businesses is not one of them. Especially not when they were being hypocritical.
    Gene-Ocide
    Honestly, I hope it ****s over the recording industry. Then the artists can be in control over their work.
    jrodgers
    Wow.... Thats crazy. Something tells me though that considering the history of our country, Antigua will eventually come to regret this. Especially considering the history of big business in our country, not a whole lot of strong moral responsibility there
    shredder3386
    I can't believe people are so hell bent on making anti-American comments that they are missing the big picture:If they are allowed to give out albums from free, that's money not going in the pockets of musicians. Its just WTO sanctioned piracy. Speaking as a Canadian, I cant wait until the US puts these ****heads in their place.
    MrCheezus
    If you steal from musicians, you get a bomb with the Aerosmith wings painted on it while blasting AC/DC's "Shoot To Thrill".
    British_Steal
    "It means US musicians, film makers and authors will not earn a share of any profits" They're punishing the wrong people.
    eVwaylon
    exactly! punishing the wrong people. I'd also like to say to all those who are hating on America, Yes I know good and well our government is ****ed beyond belief, but most of us regular people aren't crazy and insane like our officials.
    Skaternick98
    The people who are suffering isn't the governent rather than everyday people who write music, create movies and other forms of entertainment. This actually more of a loss. Alot of good hard working Americans are going to loose jobs again.
    L2112Lif
    A lot of good Antiguans lost their jobs maintaining gambling sites.
    Kueller917
    True but the smaller scale musician isn't responsible for shutting down the gambling sites. Yet they might be hurt by this.
    Intersting
    Actually, you'd be surprised how little musicians actually make off of album sales. A lot of their money comes from licensing and merch sales actually.
    lithium_boy
    ACTUALLY, it's not unheard of for musicans to have good deals with the record companies they sign with. for examople i know sumarian records gives thier artists a huge cut of thier record sales. all im saying is dont assume that the artist isnt getting anything. In the end you might be screwing the artist more then you think. although with MOST major lebel bands you are correct.
    Face R1pper
    Albums do fall under the "licensing and merch" category.
    Intersting
    No, that's not what I mean, artists are gonna make way may off of t-shirt sales than album sales in most cases. Lithium_boy, you are correct that there are good deals out there, but many of the major labels will pay their artists $1 for every album...if they're lucky to get that much. And by licensing, I mean using the songs for promotion. Led Zeppelin was smart about it and signed over all their rights to their own production company, while The Beatles catalog is still partly owned by Michael Jackson's estate because he scooped up those rights knowing they'd be worth quite a bit of money.