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Antigua-based software developer charged for breaching countryâ€™s copyright laws
Concerns are being raised as to how Antigua-based software developer Slysoft Inc and its owner Giancarlo Bettini were able to breach copyright laws in Antigua and Barbuda without being detected by the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC), which is responsible for monitoring offshore financial companies and the like.
Bettini and his company are facing six charges relating to breaches of the countryâ€™s copyright laws under the WIPO Copyright Treaty. Slysoft is an offshore company under the International Business Corporation Act of Antigua & Barbuda and falls under the remit FSRC. Summonses were served on the software developer and his company of 30 Dec. last year. The matter is set for trial on 9 March (2011). Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Anthony Armstrong said that he first became aware of the matter in 2008 when a complaint was made by Advanced Access Content Systems Licensing Administrator of the United States (US) (AACS/LA). Armstrong explained that the AACS is an entity comprising of a group of the worldâ€™s leading computer companies and motion picture studies including Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Toshiba, IBM, Sony, Walt Disney Company and Warner Brother Studios.
He said the role of the AACS is to provide licenses to motion picture distributors, consumer electronic companies and consumer manufacturers According to the DPP this is a technology in which High Definition HD DVDs- both HD DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs are encrypted and protected from digital copy. Allegations are that Slysoft, which manufactures products under the name Any DVD, Any DVD HD, Clone DVD among others, is not a licensed company, but has been developing and selling certain software designed to decrypt the AACS technology.
â€œThese copies can be repeatedly be reproduced and sold and distributed, with each subsequent digital copy typically retaining the clarity and quality of the original.
â€œThe activities of Slysoft have a potential to impair the reputation of Antigua and Barbuda. Generally, and more specifically its reputation in allowing a company incorporated here to breach the countryâ€™s international treaty obligations and its domestic laws while yielding to the country very little economic benefits,â€ Armstrong said.
The products that Slysoft produces allow consumers complete access to illegally view and reproduce copyrighted content. Armstrong said that the software developer sells its products via the Internet and publicizes that its AnyDVD HD software can remove AACS encryption from HD DVDs.
The AACS technology was aimed at preventing such an occurrence. Antigua and Barbuda implemented the WIPO Treaty in 2003.