Tuesday, July 3, 2012

In TPP talks, US tries to sell "fair use" concept to trading partners

The Office of the United States Trade Representative is proposing a standard in intellectual property law in member countries at the TPP talks in San Diego, consistent with the idea of “fair use” in US law.

The standards would propose a “three-step test”  that would look at issues like criticism and comment, and research.  The USTP mentioned the US DMCA Safe Harbor in its statement.

The USTP press release on the story (tweeted today by EFF) is here

TPP refers to the Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement, typical explanation on a Canadian politics site here

I also recall, early in the Clinton years, getting phone surveys seeking opinions on NAFTA and GATT, as if they were more important than health care or DADT.  

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