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.
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.
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