The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed US-EU trade agreement that, similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), is being negotiated behind closed doors and could have negative impacts on copyright and Intellectual Property (IP) rights for the European and American public.

For example, the chapter in TTIP on IP has the possibility to impede on Congress’ and individual European governments’ ability to craft domestic copyright law that protects the rights of content owners and users. This emphasizes the importance of transparency in this process. Similar to TPP, the US has yet to release a working draft of TTIP text or negotiations and has kept members of civil society, public interest, and Congress from participating or observing negotiations.

In 2013, PK filed comments urging that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) exclude copyright from the TTIP or, in the case that copyright measures are included, allow Congress to maintain its ability to change US copyright law. PK also urged the USTR to not ignore public interest concerns and expertise and to increase transparency on the negotiations.