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WikiLeaks Releases the Secret Draft Text of the TPP IP Rights Chapter 212

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from the democracy-in-action dept.
sproketboy writes "WikiLeaks releases the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter." The Syndney Morning Herald took a look at the leaked documents, from their article: "An expert in intellectual property law, Matthew Rimmer, said the draft was 'very prescriptive' and strongly reflected U.S. trade objectives and multinational corporate interests 'with little focus on the rights and interests of consumers, let alone broader community interests.'"
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WikiLeaks Releases the Secret Draft Text of the TPP IP Rights Chapter

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  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Wednesday November 13, 2013 @12:19PM (#45413421)

    Here's a brain teaser:

    Much of the justification lately for not decriminalizing drugs (such as marijuana, ecstacy, etc.) -- ignoring the fact that the scientific consensus now is that both are less harmful than alcohol, or cigarettes, both of which are legal, is that it would fund terrorism. In other words, their argument is that because a small amount of it is bad, we should keep the whole thing illegal.

    Yet, here we have IP law -- of which much of it is bad, and yet they tell us we should keep the whole thing legal... or [insert boogieman story here]. I'm not buying. I'll buy drugs, but I won't buy video games or software. What does that say about me? Maybe that I'm just young and stupid... or maybe I'm just seeing things more clearly. Maybe I just don't think the government has any credibility left to it, and so whatever the government says is right... it's a safe bet marching in the opposite direction will be better for you.

  • I wonder... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mitzampt (2002856) on Wednesday November 13, 2013 @12:28PM (#45413509)
    I actually wonder why it was secret to begin with. And I wonder why is there a need to start these treaties like that. It's has become a democratic tradition to empower the citizens you represent with the ability to deal with the results of your negotiations, as public opinion wouldn't react correctly to a well intended and morally sound proposal.
  • by spire3661 (1038968) on Wednesday November 13, 2013 @01:05PM (#45413951) Journal
    Which is EXACTLY what the RIAA tried to do to the first MP3 player. Those moments turned me into a lifelong enemy of ALL copyright. I have seen copyright stifle too much innovation for it to be useful to society in its current incarnation. The verdict is vengeance, a vendetta.
  • by spire3661 (1038968) on Wednesday November 13, 2013 @01:32PM (#45414301) Journal
    I have created plenty, and I give it all away. Standing on the shoulders of giants and all that. The difference is i dont attempt to make things just to profit from them. I design with the idea that whatever I make is already owed to the cultural that educated me.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 13, 2013 @01:40PM (#45414425)

    Maybe we just wouldn't get so many movies that are crap by people who are only there to make a buck.

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