Posts Tagged ‘WTO’

WTO Hypocrisy?

by , Aug 14, 2009 | 10:21 am

Interesting op-ed in the New York Times today about the WTO and China, particularly pointing out the need for China to not just stop pirating American music and movies, but also to respect WTO rulings outright:

China has also increasingly turned to the W.T.O. to defend its interests. Last month, it challenged an American ban on Chinese poultry imports. It has another case against American anti-dumping policy. And there will be more. China has as big a stake as the United States in a well-functioning, lawful trading system. If it wants to protect its own rights, it will accept the W.T.O.’s rulings.

Funny. You’d think in the world of trade, this might be a two-way street. Perhaps the NYT is just a bit clueless on the US’s thumbing its nose at the WTO as it pertains to online gambling? And considering that we owe China more than they owe us … who’s really in the driver’s seat on this one?

American Record Industry to Pay the Price For UIGEA

Musicians penalized for online poker restrictions #WTF?

by , Jul 16, 2009 | 12:19 pm

There’s a new company in the song (and video) downloading game — — 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.

UPDATE: TechDirt, for a non-poker perspective.


The EU Rattles Its Sword!

Perspectives Weekly

by , Apr 3, 2009 | 11:45 am

This week I come to you from Holland! Topics include the European Union, as they prove you don’t have to be an American to be a hypocrite! Plus, Harvard Medical takes a look at online gambling addiction.

Good News from the US! Bad news from the EU!

Perspectives Weekly

by , Mar 14, 2009 | 6:50 pm

Online gambling gets some good news in America, as the new US Trade Representative promises to follow the WTO rules! This as the European Union puts the online gambling in the back seat. Plus, what the hell is wrong with the government of South Carolina?

Perspectives Friday: Legal States

by , Feb 20, 2009 | 4:18 pm

We wrap up the week in online gambling with our exclusive interview of Nick Jenkins from about his battle with the Washington State Gambling Commission. Plus, breaking poker news from South Carolina and the European Union’s next move!

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by , Sep 20, 2007 | 9:02 am

Antigua Wins Latest WTO Battle vs. the US

by , Apr 2, 2007 | 5:04 am

The World Trade Organization has confirmed that the United States and our laws against online gambling violate international trade agreements.

I’m not really sure what this latest “ruling” means for all practical purposes … I guess we’ll see in coming years just how much clout the WTO carries. The US has about 14 different appeals and redraws should they choose to even acknowledge the decision has been made. But a most basic translation of the WTO message: The rest of the world thinks the US is wrong when it comes to the prohibition against online gambling — well the rest of the world except for Turkey and France — and the world may soon authorize the mighty nation of Antigua to try and wield fiscal harm in an effort to get America to change its protectionist ways.

Hey, the world loves an underdog, right … ?

PartyGaming’s stock surged more than 10 percent on the news.