It has been one of the more interesting battles to watch unfold over the last couple of years. As Antigua has successfully taken the USA to the WTO with regard to its actions against internet gambling. Now here’s the thing: Antigua has won at every step of the WTO process, the US has (it would seem) all but ignored Antigua.
Now Antigua has asked for permission to ignore US copyrights and patents. I don’t think they’ll get it, but let’s just say for a moment that they did. Antigua could theoretically become the only place on the planet that you could get away with piracy, manufacturing AIDS drugs (hell any drug for that matter) Microsoft would potentially have a real problem. What would you do about an internet server on Antigua offering copies of Windows Vista?
In any fight, you generally bet on the big guy, but if Antigua can force the US to the table on this, it does offer some hope for the Caribbean’s future in a globalised world. I’ll believe it when I see it, but a guy can hope that the system will actually work in the way intended and not just for the big guys?
I hope so.