In September 22nd, we hosted a panel discussion, “Can Trade Agreements Facilitate the Free Flow of Information: The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Case Study”, which brought representatives from the public, private, and nonprofit sector together to talk about the language in the TPP that would affect members regulation of the Internet. The event offered a fruitful discussion of this topic, and we are pleased that a number of journalists were able to attend. Here are some of the articles reporting on the event:
Financial Times : Intellectual Property: A new world of royalties (free registration required):
It is hard to assess progress in the TPP talks: apart from occasional leaked copies, the negotiating documents are largely kept secret. But there is no doubt that IP, and particularly copyright, is controversial.
The US administration insists that it is only trying to extend principles that already exist in American law, trading off incentives for producers with access for users. “It is important to make clear that we are looking for a balanced copyright ecosystem,” a US official says.
Reuters (Chicago Tribune) : U.S. seeks Internet data flow safeguards in Asia-Pacific trade pact
The United States is asking countries for strong rules to protect the free flow of data, ranging from video clips to back-room office operations, in talks on a Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a U.S. official said on Friday.
The U.S. proposal is “very aggressive in terms of asking for binding rules that allow data to move” across borders over the Internet, Jonathan McHale, deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for telecommunications and electronic commerce policy, said during a panel discussion.
Inside U.S. Trade : USTR Official: U.S. Still Faces Big Challenges On TPP Data Flow Proposal (paywall)
An official in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week said U.S. negotiators are still facing a “big challenge” as they try to reach a compromise with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners who seek the necessary amount of policy space under an aggressive U.S. proposal on the free flow of data across borders.