St. John's, Antigua (PRWEB) July 17, 2009
It has come to the attention of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda that there is a web site named Zookz.com that offers unlimited entertainment downloads for a fixed monthly fee. The company claims it is operating from Antigua and therefore it is permitted to offer downloads under the auspices of a 2007 World Trade Organization ruling in the remote gaming case brought by Antigua against the US. The company's claims to be "authorized" by Antiguan government approval or under the WTO case are without merit.
This press release is written to clarify the situation from the point of view of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. The Zookz.com web site is not operating under the authority or with the knowledge of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. More specifically, Zookz.com is not authorized by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, or by the World Trade Organization, to offer entertainment downloads in contravention of international law.
Minister of Finance, Harold Lovell states, "The operators of Zookz.com have not played any role in the Antiguan gaming industry or in our country's case pending before the WTO. Only the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has the right to implement and oversee the intellectual property sanctions it was awarded by the WTO. As of this time, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has not authorized any person or entity to implement sanctions. While we may in the future consider exercising the right to impose sanctions, as of this moment, I am instead looking forward to meeting with the United States Government in the near future and focusing on a mutually beneficial resolution of the issues raised by the remote gambling case."
Under the US-Gambling case before the WTO, Antigua retains its right to implement intellectual property sanctions against the U.S. if the remote gambling matter can not be brought to a negotiated solution. If and when the Government of Antigua and Barbuda invokes sanctions it will follow WTO protocol.
The Zookz.com matter has been referred to the Antiguan Ministry of Legal Affairs for a full investigation.
For more information, please visit http://www.antiguawto.com.
This statement is being released by Mark Mendel of the law firm of Mendel Blumenfeld, LLP, legal counsel to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. Mr. Mendel's contact information is:
MENDEL • BLUMENFELD, LLP
Mark E. Mendel
21 Cook Street, 2nd Floor
Cork, Co. Cork
5809 Acacia Circle
El Paso, Texas