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Today, Public Knowledge filed comments about the proposed United States- European Union Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In the comments we highlight the importance of open and inclusive negotiations, so that those most affected by the agreement can have a say in the outcome. Public Knowledge also recommended that copyright be taken out of the trade agreement. If the USTR is to include copyright, it should ensure that the agreement preserves Congress' ability to change U.S. copyright law.
The following can be attributed to Rashmi Rangnath, Staff Attorney.
"Copyright issues are not suited for inclusion in trade agreements. Furthermore, international institutions, like the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), already deal with copyright in the international space.