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

Peter Sayer | Nov. 15, 2013
A secretive international trade treaty up for discussion next week could have far-reaching effects on Internet services, copyright law and civil liberties, a draft of the treaty obtained by Wikileaks suggests.

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.

 

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