Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

New leaks of TPPA text show U.S. is playing hardball

Thursday 17 February, 2011

New leaks of TPPA text show U.S. is playing hardball

By Jane Kelsey

There has been another leak of the secret documents at the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Santiago this week, this time involving United States’ negotiating text.

The text confirms that the Americans are taking an extremely aggressive position on intellectual property that contrasts starkly with the New Zealand proposal, said Professor Jane Kelsey, who is in Santiago as a registered “stakeholder” at the negotiations.

People who have read the text report that it builds on Australia’s free trade agreement with the US, she said.

"In relation to copyright, for example, the US proposes controversial restrictions for copyright users, but has left a “spaceholder” in the section providing for exceptions."

"Two of the areas that would be affected are parallel importing and temporary reproduction through Internet use."

"The parallel importation provision would impose severe limits on lower priced cost of copyrighted material such as books, music CDs and DVDs"

Under the temporary reproduction provision, all use of written digital media would be subject to the control of the content owner.

Jane Kelsey said that an informed source had explained as follows: “In other words, nothing can be done through the Internet that is outside the control of rights holders, such as incidental copies made in transmitting an article to someone else by email, unless there an exclusion for that activity.”

This approach requires multiple exceptions to avoid Internet use becoming totally impracticable. The US has massive exceptions, but apparently does not want others to do the same, Kelsey said.

“So the US is saying “We can use all the content we want for free within our own country but we want you to pay our multinational companies for what we do not pay for at home”, said another source that has read the US text.

“The US has a history of being especially uncompromising when it comes to intellectual property rights and it is often the last matter to settle"

“We can expect the US to play hardball with New Zealand. We should equally expect the New Zealand negotiators not to cave in”, Professor Kelsey said.

More information regarding the negotiations this week is available here: http://web.me.com/jane_kelsey/Jane/TPPA.html and on the TPPWatch site here: http://tppwatch.org

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available. Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:

Veronika Meduna on The Dig: Kaitiakitanga - Seeing Nature As Your Elder

The intricate interconnections between climate change and biodiversity loss, and how this disruption impacts Māori in particular. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On China And Hong Kong (And Boris)

In the circumstances, yesterday’s move by Lam to scrap – rather than merely suspend – the hated extradition law that first triggered the protests three months ago, seems like the least she can do. It may also be too little, too late. More>>

ALSO:

Dave Hansford on The Dig: Whose Biodiversity Is It Anyway?

The DOC-led draft Biodiversity Strategy seeks a “shared vision.” But there are more values and views around wildlife than there are species. How can we hope to agree on the shape of Aotearoa’s future biota? More>>

ALSO:

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction… These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

ALSO: