The cost of the draconian online gaming laws in the United States just got higher. In a much-anticipated announcement, the WTO revealed today the US must compensate Antigua $21 million a year in sanctions as a result of shutting the Caribbean nation out of the online gaming market.
More damaging is the fact that Antigua can choose to collect these sanctions by lifting copyright protections on products and services, such as US films, music, software, banking, and telecommunications.
The WTO’s decision is binding and neither the US nor Antigua can appeal the decision. Antigua had originally asked for $3.44 billion in compensation and the US had argued that the claim was only worth $500,000.