ITIF Recommends 'IP Maximalist Positions' be Included in TPP Agreement

August 31, 2012 -

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is looking to bring the same kind of "magic" that it brought to SOPA (you know, like blocking web sites accused of infringement) by urging the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to include "IP Maximalist Positions" in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

"Entering into a sub-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that offers only weak intellectual property (IP) protections or permits countries to maintain mercantilist practices would be far worse than not joining the agreement," reads a small part of the report.

The report goes on to recommend that U.S. negotiators should "insist that TPP include the highest levels of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection, transparency in government procurement practices, removal of non-tariff barriers (NTBs), comprehensive market access provisions, and stringent enforcement mechanisms."

The USTR has been quietly negotiating the TPP agreement with various countries for many moons, but not sharing too many details with the general public... It's interesting to see a group funded in part by the likes of the MPAA use the term "transparency" when making recommendations to an agency that thinks such a term means "tell no one what's going on behind closed doors."

Source: Techdirt


 
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