Could Antigua Use Free Music To Retaliate Against The US?
from the the-new-weapon-of-choice dept
It's definitely an interesting retaliation strategy, but Jerry Brito takes the argument one step further, suggesting that an even more compelling move might be to allow the creation of online music services that have been banned in the US, such as the original Napster or my.MP3.com. Or, at the very least, an online music store like AllofMP3.com that currently exists in a legal gray area over in Russia. That, clearly, could get the attention of politicians in the US, since they seem so tuned into the "concerns" of the entertainment industry these days. No matter what, though, it seems like this could be an interesting strategy for any country involved in a trade dispute with the US. In the past, we've seen Brazil use intellectual property enforcement as a weapon in trade disputes. However, using it as an offensive weapon to allow such products (especially digital ones) back into the US could be seen as a very powerful tool in such disputes and could lead to some challenges for the entertainment industry. Imagine every country that has a trade dispute with the US simply setting up servers upon servers of downloadable music and movies. Of course, if the industry learned how to embrace file sharing with alternative business models, this entire "threat" could disappear overnight. Somehow, that seems unlikely -- and, instead, we'd be subjected to commercials warning everyone that downloading from such sites helped our enemies.