[free-software-melb] Trans-Pacific Partnership

Mahesh Sharma maheshsharm at gmail.com
Wed Feb 16 05:33:08 UTC 2011

Hey mate

My name's Mahesh Sharma, i'm a freelance technology journalist. How are you?

I'm researching the TPPA and its impact on the intellectual property rights
of Australians.


I was wondering if you had any more information about the impact on the
local industry as well as the negotiations that have been going on..

Am keen to hear your thoughts.

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On 5 February 2011 18:56, Ben Finney <ben+freesoftware at benfinney.id.au>wrote:

> Howdy guys,
> At the January 2011 meeting, I talked about the Trans-Pacific
> Partnership. Here is the information for the group.
> Short version:
> It's pretty bad. We need to lobby government to stop this. There's
> hope that other nations seem partially aware of the problems.
> The Trans-Pacific Partnership <URL:http://www.ustr.gov/tpp> is a plan
> currently being effected by the USA's Office of the United States
> Trade Representative.
>    […] a regional, Asia-Pacific trade agreement, known as the
>    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement with the objective of
>    shaping a high-standard, broad-based regional pact.
>    […]
>    The first round of negotiations took place from March 15-19 in
>    Melbourne, Australia. The second round of negotiations took place
>    from June 14-18 in San Francisco, California.
>    USTR is currently conducting an unprecedented fifty-state domestic
>    outreach strategy for TPP. Read about our outreach events and
>    updates on our TPP outreach page.
> Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) has been discussing the leaked
> internals of this secretive international pact.
>    Industry is asking the US government for a number of TRIPS plus,
>    WCT plus and ACTA plus provisions:
>    - To seek the highest possible IP protection from TPP negotiating
> parties.
>    - To built upon existing FTAs and use the US/Korea Free Trade
>      Agreement as a baseline. Although the letter does not
>      specifically mention the May 10, 2007 compromise that included
>      important public health flexibilities in the US/Peru FTA, US
>      Industry is clearly demanding the US government to reject the
>      compromise as the basis for negotiations.
>    - To go beyond the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). For
>      instance, it states that the TPP should outlaw camcording in
>      theaters, despite the fact that the ACTA made it optional for
>      countries to have criminal penalties for camcording.
>    <URL:http://keionline.org/node/1034>
> Public Knowledge reminds us that this is “ACTA the sequel”.
>    While a text may not have been drafted yet, content owners are
>    doing their bit to ensure that the TPP would contain IP provisions
>    that aggressively protect their interests at the expense of the
>    rest of ours. A paper prepared by the U.S. Business Coalition for
>    TPP (reported to be drafted by the Pharmaceutical Research and
>    Manufactures of America, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the
>    Motion Picture Association of America) and leaked on the Internet,
>    indicates that rights holders are urging the USTR to include in
>    TPP IP protections more extensive than those present in ACTA.
>    Specifically, the paper suggests that the following issues be
>    addressed in TPP:
>    * Temporary copies: [cached or intermediate copies within a
>      computer]
>    * Circumvention of digital locks: [harsher DRM enforcement]
>    * Copyright terms: The paper urges the TPP to provide for longer
>      copyright terms.
>    * Statutory damages: [ignore putative damages suffered by
>      plaintiff; instead, calculate damages as multiple of nominal fee
>      for use]
>    The coalition suggests many other worrisome provisions such as
>    requiring ISPs to act as copyright cops and treating individual
>    infringers with the same severity as large-scale pirates.
>    <URL:
> http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/acta-sequel-transpacific-partnership-agreemen
> >
> The above article at Public Knowledge also discusses a leaked document
> within the NZ government, which shows a good awareness of the issues
> raised by the TPP in light of similar regimes and their effects on
> economies and freedom.
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> Ben Finney <ben at benfinney.id.au>
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