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The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations
are being conducted in extreme secrecy and that is a problem. In this post, I
suggest some options that would end the secrecy and allow members of the public
or their representatives to participate in the TPP negotiation process.
There's been a fair bit of coverage about this letter sent from the State Department in response to Senator Ron Wyden's questions about how much the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ("ACTA") binds the U.S. It's a current question because among the many questions swirling around ACTA, one is whether it "binds" the United States to its terms. The answer from the State Department is "yes"—but that may not actually mean what it appears to at first, and the reason for that has to do with why I've placed the word "binds" in scare quotes above.
Knowledge launched the Internet Blueprint, an ambitious
project to develop bills that will help make the internet a better place for everyone. The site consists of six new bills Congress could pass today, as well as a way for the public to submit and vote on their own ideas.
are lots of people with great ideas about what rights and protections Internet
users should have. Public
Knowledge is taking the next step by putting those ideas into a form that
Congress and other policymakers can consider,” said Michael Weinberg, the PK senior staff
attorney who is coordinating the project.
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is asking for public comment in its Special 301 inquiry for 2012. Special 301 is an annual report that the USTR compiles listing countries that allegedly fail to provide adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights of US persons. As we have said before, this report has turned into an exercise that arm-twists countries into instituting laws and policies that serve the interests of big content even where these policies hurt the free expression and due process rights of citizens.
This week trade negotiators from 8 countries (including the United States) are meeting in LA behind closed doors to discuss the intellectual property chapter of a new international trade agreement.
The recent outpouring of opposition to SOPA/PIPA was an indication of citizens' outrage, not only at the actual bills, but also at the fact that Congress could be so blind to the public interest in order to please the content industry. While SOPA/PIPA are unprecedented incursions into the Internet architecture, the mindset that caused these bills to go as far as they did, has been at play for a very long time: ratcheting up protections for IP rights holders with little regard for preserving balance in IP laws or due process rights of citizens.