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There’s a new company in the song (and video) downloading game — Zookz.com — and its entire business model is based on selling “pirated” copies of American songs and movies, as permitted by WTO sanctions against the United States for infringing on Antigua’s ability to compete in the online gambling industry.
Click below for the press release announcing Zookz’s existence. From what we understand, ZookZ offers a subscription-based model for unlimited monthly movie and music downloads. It is not pay-per-song like iTunes, nor a file-sharing “service” like LimeWire or BitTorrent. Members simply download stuff directly from Zookz’ servers in Antigua. Supposedly the new company operates within the parameters of the 2007 WTO ruling between Antigua and the United States, which allows them to break US copyright law to the tune of $21 million/year.
What’s not clear is if that means they can peddle $21 million worth of rights-protected bits, or run a business limited to $21 million in profit. Either way, I gotta think the ever-litigious RIAA won’t take lightly that much money being ganked from its artists. Could be wrong … we’ll see.
MOVIE AND MUSIC FANATICS GET READY: ZOOKZ UNVEILS UNLIMITED MONTHLY DOWNLOAD PLATFORM FOR $9.95
Launch Capitalizes on 2007 World Trade Organization Ruling
SAINT JOHNâ€™S, ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES â€“ July 15, 2009 â€“ Today marks the official launch of ZookZ, the first company to legally provide unlimited movie and music downloads for one low monthly fee. ZookZâ€™s simple platform and unique business model reinvents the way consumers buy and enjoy digital entertainment. At ZookZ, members have access to the entire ZookZ library consisting of thousands of popular movies and songs, with 300 movies and 10,000 songs being added per week. In addition, ZookZ offers hard-to-find content including the full collection of Michael Jackson, as well as those unavailable on iTunes, such as the Beatles, AC/DC and Radiohead.
As part of its launch celebration, from now until August 15, 2009, ZookZ is offering its inaugural members one month of free movie downloads with each new music membership. After August 15, 2009, a movie or music subscription will cost $9.95 and just $17.95 for unlimited monthly downloads of both. ZookZ provides an economical and legal alternative to unlawful, expensive or restricted digital downloads. Only ZookZ operates under the parameters of the 2007 WTO ruling between Antigua and the United States, and is able to save American consumers hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on their annual entertainment budgets.
Â· Entertainment Your Way: ZookZ is all about getting fans the music and movies they love. Members can suggest and request content through the ZookZ Request Line, and ZookZ will seek to make it available for download within 14 days. Members can also transfer all movies and songs (MP3 and MP4) to any player of their choice, including iPods, MP3 players, and DVD players.
Â· Subscription Model: ZookZ members pay $9.95 for unlimited monthly movie or music downloads, or $17.95 for both. There is no cap on how many movies, songs or albums a member may download per month and members have access to all downloaded content forever.
Â· NOT P2P: ZookZ is not a peer-to-peer file sharing system and terminates members who contravene this prohibition. ZookZ converts all of its content into digital format and stores it on secure servers, allowing members to access movies and music over its own web platform. Personal information is safe, secure and free from all adware and spyware.
Â· Legal: The 2007 WTO ruling in favor of Antigua guides ZookZ’s business model. It allows ZookZ to give consumers access to unlimited digital downloads for a single, low monthly subscription fee. ZookZ offers movie and music lovers the opportunity to legally enjoy their favorite forms of entertainment at an affordable price.
Â· Americans and Entertainment: Americans are serious about entertainment, with spending coming in fourth after only housing, food and healthcare. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American family spends $5,921 each year on entertainment. For the price one movie ticket, American families can now enjoy unlimited movies, right at home.
- â€œThe ruling is the result of a 2003 decision by the U.S. to ignore WTO regulations and block the rights of Antiguan companies from doing business with its American customers. The consequence has meant the loss of millions of dollars in revenue for the Antiguan economy and its business sector,â€ said Dr. William Pepper, Esq., ZookZ international legal advisor. â€œNow Americans and Antiguans have the opportunity to benefit from this historic legal precedent, and should do so.â€
- â€œGreat movies and music are soul of American culture,â€ said ZookZ CEO Hugh Marshall. â€œWe wanted to find a way to provide people with the easiest access to the songs and films they love, at a great price, right from the comfort of home.â€
- â€œPeople will love ZookZ â€“itâ€™s fast, easy, convenient, and best of all, the music and movies are theirs forever,â€ said Marlie Hall, head of corporate communications, ZookZ. â€œThere is no other legal site, theater or record store that, for the price of a soda and popcorn, can offer the entertainment value of ZookZ.â€
ZookZ (www.ZookZ.com) is a Web site owned and operated by Carib Media Ltd., of Antigua, West Indies and delivers unlimited, high-quality movies and music through a safe, legal and secure platform for one low monthly subscription fee. Because ZookZ is operating under the parameters of the 2007 WTO ruling between Antigua and the United States, ZookZ is the only company that can legally offer members an unparalleled variety of unlimited monthly movie and music downloads for just $9.95-$17.95. Files are delivered in MP3 and MP4 formats that are compatible with most mobile devices and players, so members can enjoy their entertainment when, where and how they want. ZookZ members can view or listen to downloaded content on any medium â€“foreverâ€“ without restrictions. For more info or to sign up, visit www.ZookZ.com