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TPP and a Very Basic Point About Transparency

May 14, 2012 , , , ,

If you’ve been following this space, you’ve likely seen that Public Knowledge was on the ground in Dallas this past weekend, covering the latest round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific…

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The 2012 Special 301 Report Continues to do the Bidding of the Content Industry

May 1, 2012 , , ,

The “Special 301 Report” is an annual report compiled by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), supposedly identifying countries that do not provide adequate and effective protection…

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The US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Policy Laundering in Action

April 20, 2012

…in the future like this are never even voted on by Congress, on the basis that they are “compatible” with US law as it stands. ACTA is an example of…

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Public Knowledge Tracks Secretive Trade Talks

April 18, 2012 ,

…the work is being done behind doors closed to the general public.  Also like ACTA, there could be severe harmful effects on copyright law.  (Unlike ACTA, at some point the…

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From Colombia to the TPP: Calling for an End to Unbalanced IP Exportation

April 11, 2012

…is worse than all previous agreements. It demands more draconian enforcement and penalties than the highly criticized ACTA. And it contains far fewer limitations and exceptions than current U.S. law….

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TPP Tranparency Problems Keep Getting Worse

April 10, 2012 ,

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiation shuts out public participation and we have written extensively about why that is a problem. The agency leading the negotiation, the Office of the…

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Options for Public Participation in the TPP

April 6, 2012 , ,

…in U.S.’s Armor Shhhh. The TPP is Secret. What’s Actually in the TPP? Proposed New Copyright Treaty Asks For Tougher Terms Than ACTA ACTA the Sequel: The Transpacific Partnership Agreement…

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The TPP and Policy Laundering

March 30, 2012

In previous posts, I have talked about various problems with the Transpacific Partnership Agreement’s (TPP) intellectual property (IP) chapter, the sequel to ACTA. Many of these problems could be solved…

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TPP Negotiations Reveal Chink in U.S.’s Armor

March 21, 2012

ACTA negotiations. This resulted in years of wasted negotiations. Rather than repeat the same mistake, the U.S. would do well to take the views of other countries into consideration. Sean…

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USTR Still Missing the Point

March 8, 2012 , , , ,

…between ACTA and TPP on the one hand, and the now stalled SOPA/PIPA legislation on the other. Wyden illustrated how they were similar because the public felt shut out from…

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