Copyright in the 21st century.

The 21st Century will deal with issues of copyright in a globalized context. Free trade agreements between nations will become the new paradigm in this century. The geo-political powerhouses, USA and China will dictate the terms under which trade is to ocurred, the possibility of conflict lurkes around the corner. Many nations will become part of a block, strategically positioned, to strengthen a particular region. One of these projects the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) presages an unbalanced agreement tilted towards the copyright owners rather than the users. Among its multiple critics, they range from academia, activist and economist. And many countries such as Canada, New zealand , USA, Peru, and Mexico.

You can read about the consequences here NZ and the TPPA and here.

The spectrum of big pharmaceutical companies being able to control the production of cheaper forms of generic medicines is one intended consequence of the TPPA. Deregulating international markets is another.
In essence the TPPA will not recognized the current legislature of many countries, whether they are signatories of this treaty or not. The extent of which could see governments being sued for transgressing the Treaty. Furthermore, this could be done in an secret international tribunal set up by the same organization where Lawyers can rotate their position and can become judges and prosecutors.
The Berne convenction will be used to advance the limitations and exceptions by amplifiying the rights of the copyright owner, James Love explains. . Furthermore, the copyright owners will have a very restrictive scope for exceptions, the network of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) explains further here.


References Viewed on 7.07.2012

Doctors without borders 2011. viewed on 7.08.2012

Love James 2012. viewed on 7.07.2012

Knowledge Ecology International 2012. viewed on 7.08.2012


2 thoughts on “Copyright in the 21st century.

  1. This is a very well thought out and comprehensive look into the copyright debates that will be in existence for the rest of this century and more to come. It seems that we as a global society are obsessed with owning everything and controlling who uses what and where. I really like your use of the integrated links to other things that can give us more information, the visuals are also very helpful in bringing your message across. Overall I think think you have grasped a concept that is difficult to understand and I have a better understanding after reading your post. keep up the good work.

    • Thank you, it is a very important issue in my personal opinion. This will have repercussions well in ahead of our time. It will transpire in many areas of our interconectedness, it will demonstrate the power between those who possess the resources to manipulate information.

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