[Irtalk] TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Nov 15 13:22:06 SAST 2013

After years of secret trade negotiations over the future of intellectual
property rights (and limits on those rights), the public gets a chance to
looks at the results. For those of us who care about free speech and a
balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation,
creativity, and access to knowledge, it’s not a pretty picture.

Today Wikileaks published a complete draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP) agreement’s chapter on “intellectual property rights.” The leaked
text, from August 2013, confirms long-standing suspicions about the harm
the agreement could do to users’ rights and a free and open Internet. From
locking in excessive copyright term limits to further entrenching failed
policies that give legal teeth to Digital Rights Management (DRM) tools,
the TPP text we’ve seen today reflects a terrible but unsurprising truth:
an agreement negotiated in near-total secrecy, including corporations but
excluding the public, comes out as an anti-user wish list of
industry-friendly policies.

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