Wikileaks releases Secret Draft of TPP Agreements

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Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world's GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.
Read the full draft here:

http://wikileaks.org/tpp/static/pdf/Wikileaks-secret-TPP-treaty-IP-chapter.pdf

A victory for transparency.
 

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WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty | The Verge

The Sydney Morning Herald received an early look at the leaked draft, and notes that it focuses on the United States' federal and corporate interests, while largely ignoring the rights and interests of consumers. "One could see the TPP as a Christmas wish-list for major corporations, and the copyright parts of the text support such a view," Matthew Rimmer, an expert in intellectual property law, tells the Herald. "Hollywood, the music industry, big IT companies such as Microsoft and the pharmaceutical sector would all be very happy with this."

The United States and Japan are also currently in opposition to a proposed chapter of the agreement that would seek to "maintain a balance between the rights of intellectual property holders and the legitimate interests of users and the community" when it comes to intellectual property. Knowledge Ecology International reports that the draft would allow more intellectual property to be protected by patents or other rights, and for those rights to be expanded as well. WikiLeaks says that TPP would effectively instate many of the surveillance and law enforcement regulations proposed in the highly controversial SOPA and ACTA laws.

The TPP would also allow pharmaceutical patents to be expanded, reports the Herald. "The Obama administration's proposals are the worst – the most damaging for health – we have seen in a US trade agreement to date," Peter Maybarduk, director of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen's global access to medicines program, says in a statement. "And soon the administration is expected to propose additional TPP terms that would lock Americans into high prices for cancer drugs for years to come."
The US and Japan are trying to present India, China, and the rest of the emerging world with a fait accompli as it relates to IP and patent tyranny. China and India should push the RCEP forward, and encourage the emerging nations in the TPP negotiations to back out post-haste. If they don't, China and India should make a PR effort to explain to the populations in those countries exactly how their trade negotiators are selling them out in Salt Lake City.
 

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The US and Japan are trying to present India, China, and the rest of the emerging world with a fait accompli as it relates to IP and patent tyranny. China and India should push the RCEP forward, and encourage the emerging nations in the TPP negotiations to back out post-haste. If they don't, China and India should make a PR effort to explain to the populations in those countries exactly how their trade negotiators are selling them out in Salt Lake City.
Do you really want to go there?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/12/business/economy/12leonhardt.html?_r=0

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Looking at the samsung vs apple cases that happened recently in Japan and the U.S (and still on going), you realize that the patent system they are pushing is completely broken.:pound: Similarly in medicine it's quite terrible too.
 

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