Items tagged "TPP"

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Public Knowledge Urges U.S. Trade Representative to Protect Fair Use and Public Domain

July 24, 2015 Fair Use , Public Domain , TPP

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to protect the rights of American consumers of intellectual property goods. Public Knowledge remains concerned that provisions in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement could harm Americans by weakening exceptions and limitations available under U.S. law, including fair use.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Abandon Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority

January 27, 2015 International , TPP , TTIP

Today, Public Knowledge joins the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, the Internet Archive, and more than 7,000 internet users in urging Congress to oppose a new version of trade promotion authority, commonly called Fast Track, that overlooks critical guarantees of transparency, inclusiveness and accountability.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Leak Reveals More IP Flaws

October 16, 2014 International , TPP

Today, Wikileaks published a leaked draft of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is a proposed international agreement that, among other things, seeks to impose stricter standards for intellectual property enforcement around the world.

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Our Call for Copyright Balance in NAFTA Renegotiations

January 22, 2018 Copyright , Copyright Reform , NAFTA , RIAA , TPP

Later this month, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will launch their sixth round of negotiations for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Recent news coverage has focused on whether the Trump administration will withdraw from the agreement or not. As civil society continues to be excluded from this process, there is still little information about actual intellectual property proposals, but the position of Public Knowledge remains unchanged: trade agreements must promote a balanced copyright system that serves the public interest.

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Public Knowledge Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Analysis

May 4, 2016 Internet Governance , TPP , Trans-Pacific Partnership , Transparency

Today, Public Knowledge (PK) publishes a substantive analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While PK does not take a position on whether trade agreements in general are good or bad as a matter of public policy, we do evaluate whether individual trade agreements affect PK’s ability to promote its mission. If an agreement benefits our policy goals we will support it, and if it undermines our mission we will oppose it. It is true, however, that PK has consistently decried the lack of openness and transparency surrounding the negotiation of trade agreements and has recommended significant reforms to the process of deliberating trade policy to give the public a more meaningful voice in evaluating the elements of trade agreements before they are completed.

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How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Jeopardizes Fair Use

September 24, 2015 Copyright , Fair Use , Internet Governance , TPP , Trans-Pacific Partnership

Earlier this week, Public Knowledge and 15 other global civil society groups sent a letter to the officials of the various governments that will meet and finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) provisions next week, urging them to rewrite parts of the trade agreement’s current intellectual property chapter. This is Public Knowledge’s latest effort to warn governments and the public of the harmful aspects of the TPP, which has been secretly negotiated among government officials behind closed doors. Recently, we sent letters to the United States Trade Representative and even alerted the White House to the TPP’s potential chilling effects on the right to knowledge and fair use as well as copyright reform efforts of Congress and the Copyright Office.

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Does the TPP (Still) Make Buffer Copies Illegal?

November 17, 2014 Copyright Reform , TPP

One of the constant concerns we’ve had with the IP chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is that it contains language suggesting that temporary electronic copies infringe copyrights. Considering that just opening a digital file necessarily makes temporary electronic copies of it, that’s a dangerous thing to leave lying about in a trade agreements that’s supposed to be setting standards for copyright laws.

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Highlights of Stockholm 2014 Internet Freedom Forum

June 2, 2014 Internet Freedom , Multistakeholderism , Privacy , TPP , TTIP

This week, I was in Stockholm, Sweden for the 2014 Internet Freedom Forum. The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) is a conference that aims to deepen the discussions on how internet freedom and openness promotes economic and social development worldwide. This year the forum was focused on two main topics: privacy and multistakeholderism. There were two […]

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Copyright Week Day 1: Shining a Light on Copyright Policymaking

January 13, 2014 Copyright , TPP

It’s Copyright Week! From today through Saturday, a number of groups around the Web will be exchanging ideas, information, and actions about how to fix copyright law for the better. Each day will be devoted to a different aspect of copyright law. For more on Copyright Week, see here.

Today’s focus is on transparency. More than ever, copyright policymakers must improve transparency in copyright policy–including both listening to and talking to the public.


As copyright law increasingly touches so many aspects of our economy and day-to-day lives, it’s crucial that our copyright policies are formed openly and publicly. Copyright law affects everyone—both when creating and experiencing copyrighted works—and so everyone should have the opportunity to inform themselves about and give input on the policies promoted by our representatives in government. But especially when we see copyright policy being pushed into secretive massive trade agreements, it is clear that the fight for transparency in copyright lawmaking is not over.

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Public Interest Advocates Send Letter to World Leaders Urging Transparency in Trans-Pacific Partners

November 22, 2013 International , TPP

Yesterday, 32 public interest groups, including Public Knowledge, sent a letter to world leaders urging them to conduct Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations in a transparent matter. We’ve separately (and repeatedly) expressed concerns about what TPP will do to copyright law, but this letter focused on the fact that TPP has been negotiated largely in secret, with more opportunity for industry representatives to have input than the public. “In order to ensure that democratic principles are preserved,” the letter says, “policy makers, civil society, and members of the public must be given the opportunity to have a level of participation and engagement in this process that is at least equal to that of industry representatives.”

In other news, hello! I’m Laura Moy, the new staff attorney at Public Knowledge.

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