Fat cats rampant: Wikileaks releases draft text for the TTP’s Intellectual Property Rights Chapter
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In September this site covered some Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade proposals here and then here. In tandem with the alarming EU-US trade treaty (TTIP) being negotiated (see reference on this site) these treaties will encompass most of the rich world – currently excluding China and Russia.
Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.
Yesterday WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter which would have wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.
The released text even includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.
Drafting and negotiating the treaty’s chapters has been shrouded in an unprecedented level of secrecy
“Access to drafts of the TPP chapters is shielded from the general public. Members of the US Congress are only able to view selected portions of treaty-related documents in highly restrictive conditions and under strict supervision.
“It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 ’trade advisers’ – lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart – are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text”.
“The Obama administration is preparing to fast-track the TPP treaty in a manner that will prevent the US Congress from discussing or amending any parts of the treaty . . . The 95-page, 30,000-word IP Chapter lays out provisions for instituting a far-reaching, transnational legal and enforcement regime, modifying or replacing existing laws in TPP member states. The Chapter’s subsections include agreements relating to patents (who may produce goods or drugs), copyright (who may transmit information), trademarks (who may describe information or goods as authentic) and industrial design.
“The longest section of the Chapter – ’Enforcement’ – is devoted to detailing new policing measures, with far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons.
“Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards. The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence. The IP Chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties”.
WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange believes that, if instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression and ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons – targeting those who read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing, invent, farm or consume food; are ill now or might be one day.
The TPP Chief Negotiators summit will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013
Posted on November 14, 2013, in Banking and finance, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Parliamentary failure, Planning, Revolving door, Secret State, Vested interests, Whistleblowers and tagged EU-US trade treaty (TTIP), Julian Assange, TPP Chief Negotiators November summit, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade proposals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.