U.S. Warns Antigua and Barbuda on Suspending IP Rights

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The United States warned the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda not to retaliate against U.S. restrictions on Internet gambling by suspending copyrights or patents, a move that would authorize the “theft” of intellectual property like movies and music. The strong statement came after Antigua said it would suspend U.S. copyrights and patents, an unusual form of retaliation, unless the United States took its demands for compensation more seriously in a ruling Antigua won at the World Trade Organization.

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