Leaked treaty draft shows US at loggerheads with Pacific states on copyright

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will have wide-ranging effects on Internet services, an August draft obtained by Wikileaks shows

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

On Oct. 17 chief negotiators from the 12 states party to the TTP said in a joint statement that they had "made significant progress in recent months on all the legal texts and annexes" and had set the objective of completing the agreement this year. Among its goals are "the deepest and broadest possible liberalization of trade and investment," they said. The treaty will set "pioneering standards for new trade disciplines, as a model for future trade agreements", in particular with other Asia-Pacific countries. The negotiators claimed that "Stakeholders across the region have provided valuable input to TPP negotiating teams" but the negotiations have been conducted behind a veil of secrecy, with few opportunities for outsiders to study the working draft of the treaty.

Even now, it's hard to say what will be up for discussion in Salt Lake City on Nov. 19. The leaked text published by Wikileaks late Wednesday is not the one TPP chief negotiators will work on there, but rather a draft resulting from the August round of TPP talks in Brunei, according to Wikileaks. Since then, two more rounds of negotiations have been held, likely resulting in further modifications to the draft.

This is not the first leak of the TTP's intellectual property chapter, according to KEI. Its website offers an earlier version from February 2011, together with U.S. proposals for selected provisions on intellectual property from September of that year and a fragment of the text on copyright limitations and exceptions from August 2012.

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news for IDG News Service. Send comments and news tips to Peter at peter_sayer@idg.com.

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