Mar 14, 2011

US renews secret push to impose its failed copyright regime

Having failed to use the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to impose a draconian intellectual property regime, the US is using a "free trade" agreement involving Australia to do the same.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The federal government is involved in secret trade negotiations that would restore many of the draconian copyright provisions the United States was prevented from imposing in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement just a few months ago.


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2 thoughts on “US renews secret push to impose its failed copyright regime

  1. Meski

    How is the public not a stake holder in this? Who can we write to to object about this?

  2. hhcrikey

    It would be nice to have your business model enshrined in legislation.

    As someone involved in creating IP in Australia, I saw little that impressed me in ACTA.
    The fact that ACTA and this TPP thing basically seem to be going straight from industry lobby groups to signed treaties without much chance for wider public reaction is worrisome.

    No matter what industry you’re in, Australia is now and and for the foreseeable future going to be a net importer of licenses on patents and other IP; sure it’s always good when we have a win (eg: CSIRO w/WiFi) but chances are that any Australian IP will rely on the use and licensing of some other IP not created here.

    The terms in these agreements contain basically nothing about ensuring reasonable licensing costs etc – given the imbalance mentioned, this is not in our national interest.

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