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Antigua Wins Again

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The WTO has handed down another comprehensive defeat for U.S. efforts to ban online gambling. A panel of three trade judges ruled that the nation of Antigua had only strengthened its case since it won a 2005 complaint against U.S. anti-gambling laws.

If, as expected, the U.S. ignores the ruling, Antigua will be permitted to retaliate. And the tiny island nation has been floating the delicious prospect of retaliating by turning itself into a haven for copyright pirates. Which would set the stage for a steel-cage showdown between the entertainment and software industries and the anti-gambling prudes in Congress and the Justice Department.

Thanks to Sallie James for the tip.

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  1. Let’s get ready to Rumble!!

    Seriously though, what advantage does Antigua think it has over say Russia or China? Well, other than the sanction of the WTO of course.

  2. But will the residents of Antigua agree to shaving their heads bald if they lose the cage match?

  3. Let me give you a word of advice. Always bet on Antigua!

  4. I’m not one to root against the good ol’US of A, but go Antigua!

  5. I can’t imagine the WTO would ever sanction a haven for stealing real property or manufactured goods, yet copyright is on the table. Another counterpoint to the “copyright is the same as real property” argument. Boy, if copyright were like real property, we could set up a full-scale, sanctioned stolen goods swap shop in Antigua.

    Honestly, I doubt that Antigua would remain a “pirate haven” long enough to attract any pirate capital. Arrrrg, matey…

  6. I know our politicians are fond of moralizing on a range of topics, but the gambling thing really leaves me curious. The conspiracy-theorist side of me wonders whether there is a domestic gambling lobby pushing for online gambling restrictions, because they’re afraid of the competition.

  7. How many brigades does Antigua have?

  8. Ubermensch,

    That’s no conspiracy theory. You hit it exactly.

    ed,

    LOL. Not as funny as you, but …

    How many brigands does Antigua have?

  9. “The conspiracy-theorist side of me wonders whether there is a domestic gambling lobby pushing for online gambling restrictions, because they’re afraid of the competition.”

    Yes. There is. And they are.

  10. Ubermensch | March 30, 2007, 2:04pm | #
    I know our politicians are fond of moralizing on a range of topics, but the gambling thing really leaves me curious. The conspiracy-theorist side of me wonders whether there is a domestic gambling lobby pushing for online gambling restrictions, because they’re afraid of the competition.

    Uber,

    There’s no conspiracy theory there. Politicians will always scream about morals, but in reality it all boils down to money from lobbyists.

  11. Uber,

    I also suspect that some politicians are not soley motivated by their desire to perform public service.

  12. Cool. Will this be on PPV?

  13. Uber,

    Look no further than pumping up State lottery revenues.

  14. Speaking of state lotteries, when is someone going sue the states and force them to keep their filthy, sinful lotto machines and advertisments at least 1000 feet from schools, churches, civic centers and all the other places where impressionable children will pick up the gambling habit, just like they see on bus ads?

  15. We have to fight them in Antigua, or we’ll be fighting them in Anaheim.

  16. when is someone going sue the states and force them to keep their filthy, sinful lotto machines and advertisments at least 1000 feet from schools, churches, civic centers and all the other places where impressionable children …

    We’ll put them in the homes of registered sex offenders.

  17. “Arrrrg, matey…”

    It’s “Arrrrr,” not “Arrrrg.” See

    http://talklikeapirate.com/howto.html#basic

  18. C’mon, Maxie, or Maddie as you prefer, I’m a fraud, with a capital exclamation point. It turns out I just drank too much mate.

    Separate alternative defense: I was mislead by Big Search Engine.

  19. Aruba Antigua oooh I wanna to take you to
    Bermuda Bahama c’mon pretty mamma.

  20. What good will Antigua being a copyright haven do me? I live in Chicago and use Bittorrent.

  21. No “copyright is just like real property” people today? Or are you scouring the internets for talking points?

  22. a few years ago here in Alabama there was an attempt to start up a state lottery, The bible thumpers got real excited and lobbied like crazy against it. Come to find out, the christians were being funded second hand by the casino folks in mississippi. The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways.

    Have a truly fine weekend all.
    Peace out

  23. In related news, the founder of BetOnSports.com was extradited from the Dominican Republic and arrested on Wednesday.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6512699.stm.

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