What is in the proposed agreement?
We don’t exactly know because the negotiations are secret and the only documents that are in the public domain have been leaked. Worse still, the nine governments agreed that none of the background documents will be released until four years after the negotiations end (or collapse), so we won’t be able to hold them accountable for any tradeoffs they make until they are no longer in power.
What kind of policies could be targeted in the negotiations?
We know from various sources that they include
stronger restrictions on foreign investments
tobacco control laws
restrictions on sale and manufacture of GMOs and labeling of GM foods
the Pharmac scheme for buying drugs and subsidies
the ability to reverse privatisations in the future
stronger regulation of mining
parallel importing, especially for music and computer programmes
Intellectual property protection in the digital media
hot money flows in and out of the country.
US wants to take an axe to New Zealand IP law (updated) - l w.geek.nz
De l’intérêt des fuites (#leaks) pour manipuler une négociation
It’s one way of negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (#TPPA) I guess.
Leak a document containing multiple extreme positions and then gracefully back down in the face of inevitable objection from other parties fuelled by local community uproar - arriving at terms that are at least as good if not better than what you were really after. And the US is playing that game like a master if it’s latest leaked TPPA IP chapter is anything to go by. Mind you, it had some ground to make up after its embarrassing stumble with #ACTA.
US presses punitive copyright deal on trade partners - 3/14/2011 - Computer Weekly
The US is continuing its secret efforts to secure tougher copyright laws, even though its Hollywood-sponsored anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (Acta) has still to be validated, a leaked document has revealed.
A 10 February draft of the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Rights Chapter calls for the provisions of the US’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act to be implemented by countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Chile and Vietnam.
Son of #ACTA : meet the next secret #copyright treaty
La démocrature mondiale de la #propriété_intellectuelle avance à marche forcée :
The new Trans-Pacific Partnership (#TPP), like the ACTA before it, had its intellectual property chapter drafted by the US. Once again, the chapter was drafted in #secret and has been classified for at least four years after #negotiations end. The agreement exports (nearly verbatim) the DMCA’s rules on digital locks, ISP liability, and subscriber disconnections, with a few extra goodies on the side.
TPP has been in the drafting stage for some time, but the US intellectual property chapter (PDF) only leaked yesterday. Canadian law professor Michael Geist calls it “everything [the US] wanted in ACTA but didn’t get.”