from the this-ain't-over-yet dept
Today the WTO came down with its final (no, this time they swear, it's final, dammit!) ruling, saying (again) that the US definitely did violate trade agreements, but that Antigua is only entitled to $21 million. The WTO did allow Antigua to target US copyrights in order to make up that amount, but the way folks like the RIAA "count" the value of copyright, $21 million is, what, like 10 songs? This is obviously far short of what Antigua was hoping for. You would think that the US might just pay off the $21 million and be done with it... but that would only be if you didn't recognize the way our government worked. Instead, even though there's no appealing the WTO's decision, the US is already warning Antigua not to put in place any sanctions based on this ruling. The US claims that it's in the process of "revising its commitments" with regards to its trade agreements and that Antigua should wait until those revisions are complete before it thinks about putting in place sanctions. While Antigua "wins" again, the reality here is that the US appears to have bullied its way into the real winning position.