The Hollywood Reporter reports that the World Trade Organization has authorized the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda to infringe United States copyrights to the tune of $21 million. The ruling is in response to the United States blocking online gambling entities from access in the United States market, while allowing online betting on the ponies.
Ranking up there with Egypt’s ridiculous proposal to copyright the pyramids, the World Trade Organization’s decision critically undermines its own authority. It would be tough to conceive of a ruling more unfair or more directly at odds with the purpose of international copyright laws than the World Trade Organization decision.
That being said, if you happen to be in Antigua and Barbuda any time soon, be sure to pick me up a DVD of Sweeney Todd.