Quote of the Day – On the TPP:

“You would think as a free trade loving, free market loving venture capitalist I would be a huge proponent of the [Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)]. But I am not. I am very concerned about the copyright provisions in TPP which feel very much in the old world model of intellectual property protection and which would make it hard for the US government to evolve copyright laws in an era of digital content, more open innovation, and remix culture . . . . I realize that perfect is the enemy of the good and you need to have a comprehensive view of a trade bill like this and not focus on one issue. But copyright law is a big deal for the innovation economy and if I were in Congress, I would be seriously thinking about voting no on TPP.”

— Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) at AVC

TPP Final Text

More on the TPP:

News Story: Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress – New York Times

From the EFF: The Final Leaked TPP Text Is All That We Feared and EFF TPP explainer

Analysis and Criticism:

The Trans-Pacific Free-Trade Charade – Joseph Stieglitz and Adam Hersh

Here’s the Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Document that has Some High-powered Advocates Worried – Business Insider

Video from the Cato Institute – TPP in Perspective: 150 Years of U.S. Trade Policy in Less than 4 Minutes

Previously: Impact of Trade Pacts on IP and the Internet (link roundup)


Impact of Trade Pacts on IP and the Internet (link roundup)

Texts (TPP, TISA and TTIP):

TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) full text

TISA (Trade in Services Agreement) and TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) texts have not yet been made officially public, although at least portions of certain drafts have been leaked by Wikileaks (Wikileaks July 2, 2015 press release).

Trade Promotion Authority (2015):

Wikipedia on trade fast track

On Trade, Here’s What the President Signed into Law – White House blog

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Role of Congress in Trade Policy (pdf; 24 pages) – Congressional Research Service

Analysis and Opinion:

Privacy Is Not a Barrier to Trade; How a Secretive Trade agreement Could Change the Global Internet – law professor Margot Kaminski at Slate

TISA: Yet Another Leaked Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of Makes Secret Rules for the Internet – EFF

A Congressional Straightjacket: Fast-Tracking the TPP – law professors Gregory Shaffer and Jack Lerner at The Huffington Post

Another Leaked Trade Agreement, Another Reason to Oppose Fast Track – law professor David Singh Grewal at The Huffington Post

TISA: analysis of the leaked ‘core text’ (pdf; 7 pages) – law professor Jane Kelsey

Leaked: What’s in Obama’s Trade Deal – Politico