Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Setback for Intellectual Property Policies

Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Setback for Intellectual Property Policies

The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement) has been finalized. Now that the negotiators have agreed on the text all that is left is approval by the twelve involved nations: Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Japan. However, none of these countries will let their people decide about it in a referendum. Most of what we know about TPP has come […]

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TPP Almost Ready but Stalled in Hawaii, Leaks Tell us More

TPP Almost Ready but Stalled in Hawaii, Leaks Tell us More

The White House expected a finalization of the trade negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the meeting in Hawaii (ending 31 July 2015). However there were disagreements over “automobiles, dairy, and biologic drug patent provisions” that stalled the talks. The informal talks and deals will continue but it seems the next official meeting will take place first in November. Knowledge Ecology International made a […]

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Democracy and Hypocrisy: The US Government’s “Multi-Stakeholder” Model

Democracy and Hypocrisy: The US Government’s “Multi-Stakeholder” Model

At the Internet Governance Forum this year, the US government is promoting its version of the “multi-stakeholder” model. What does the US government actually mean by the term “multi-stakeholder” model which it seems so willing to coerce and enforce on the rest of the world? The reality is that the US government does not intend to relinquish any control over the internet; it only wants […]

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The End of Net Neutrality and Why it is Not Surprising

The End of Net Neutrality and Why it is Not Surprising

Lately Net Neutrality in the U.S. may have finally hit a wall as the D.C. Ciruit Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) ability to enforce anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules on ISPs. The internet rightfully expressed its fear and anxiety that ISPs will now exploit this chance to increase profits by throttling speed of websites that do not pay, or even throttling […]

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The Plutocracy of Copyright Holders

The Plutocracy of Copyright Holders

The analogy that attacking piracy is a game of whac-a-mole appears to be quite a good one. Any effects to reduce piracy will be countered with new means of circumvention—if you hit a mole it reappears somewhere else.

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What is the TPP? (The Big Brother of ACTA Explained)

What is the TPP? (The Big Brother of ACTA Explained)

Currently under negotiations is an expansion of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, a Pacific orientated trade agreement composed of Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore. Eight additional prospectives have joined negotiations for membership, which would expand the agreement to Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Vietnam, and possibly Japan. As suggested by proponents, once finished the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) will have implemented liberalized […]

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