Critics Concerned Trade Agreement Will Include SOPA Language

Author: Grant Gross, IDG News, Published on: 7 September 2012

As the U.S. and eight other nations negotiate a wide-ranging trade agreement, several digital rights groups said they're concerned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will bring back controversial copyright-enforcement provisions...The TPP could hurt the freedom of individuals to access and use the Internet, critics [including Electronic Freedom Foundation] said...[The] Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) proposed that the TPP include a process for creating "an appropriate balance in their copyright systems in providing...exceptions and limitations for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research." But that process...doesn't give countries enough guidance on how to create fair-use rights, [Rashmi Rangnath, director of the Global Knowledge Initiative at Public Knowledge] said...A spokeswoman for the USTR defended the TPP negotiations, saying critics may be working off old copies of the proposed agreement.

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