Today, Wikileaks published a leaked draft of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is a proposed international agreement that, among other things, seeks to impose stricter standards for intellectual property enforcement around the world.
The following can be attributed to Carolina Rossini, VP for International Policy and Strategy at Public Knowledge:
“This leak reveals why the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been so secretive. The agreement exports some of the the worst aspects of U.S. copyright law and policy, without many of the balancing benefits. As drafted, it locks developing countries on the Pacific Rim into policies that hurt local creativity, restrict access to knowledge and slow innovation. It also threatens to lock U.S. law and policy into a regime designed for the 20th century, hurting the ability for Congress to make necessary reforms.”
For further background on this issue, visit our TPP issue page.