Tiny Antigua — the mouse that roared?

Is mighty America on the verge of a war with a miniscule foreign nation which has displeased the corporate entertainment barons who rule the US?

Antigua is in the West Indies and the main island in Antigua and Barbuda.

It’s also called Wadadli, which translates roughly as  “our own”.

Says the Wikipedia:

The island’s circumference is roughly 87 kilometres (54 miles) and its area 281 km (108 square miles). Its population is about 69,000 as of July 2006. It is the largest of the Leeward Islands, and the most developed and prosperous due to its upscale tourism industry, offshore banking. The island’s circumference is roughly 87 kilometres (54 miles) and its area 281 km² (108 square miles). Its population is about 69,000 as of July 2006. It is the largest of the Leeward Islands, and the most developed and prosperous due to its upscale tourism industry, offshore banking, internet gambling services and education services, including two medical schools. … services and education services, including two medical schools.

Not at all incidentally, its prosperity is also due in part to the popularity of online gambling.

Also not incidentally, “The World Trade Organization granted the Caribbean nation of Antigua the right to pirate American goods and services like films and music until the U.S. government either permits Americans to gamble over foreign-based sites or eliminates its own exceptions for remote betting on horse and dog racing, including over the Internet,” posted maths on music2dot0  in December 2007.

Now,  “Antigua is planning to launch a website selling movies, music and software, without paying US copyright holders,” says TorrentFreak, going on:.

“The Caribbean island is taking the unprecedented step because the United States refuses to lift a trade ‘blockade’ preventing the island from offering Internet gambling services, despite several WTO decisions in Antigua’s favor. The country now hopes to recoup some of the lost income through a WTO approved ‘warez’ site.”

pir4When I wrote about this same situation back in 2007, is tiny Antigua about to become The Mouse that Roared, I wondered?

The movie is one of the best of all times, starring Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, and Peter Sellers)

And yes,  it’s still available via your favorite indexing sites. 😉

 Meanwhile, stated the New York Times:

“In an unusual ruling on  … the Caribbean nation of Antigua won the right to violate copyright protections on goods like films and music from the United States – an award worth up to $21 million – as part of a dispute between the countries over online gambling.

“The award follows a W.T.O. ruling that Washington had wrongly blocked online gambling operators on the island from the American market at the same time it allowed online wagering on horse racing.

“Antigua and Barbuda had claimed damages of $3.44 billion a year. That makes the relatively small amount awarded Friday, $21 million, something of a setback for Antigua, which had been struggling to preserve its gambling industry.”

Definitely stay tuned.