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October 20, 2003
IP Justice on IP in the Free Trade Area of the Americas Treaty
IP Justice has published a white paper on the intellectual property aspects of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process, which is an attempt to create a single free trade agreement for the Western Hemisphere. Read the press release (FTAA Treaty Chapter on IP 'Threatens Freedom and Free Trade'). Read the white paper (IP Justice White Paper).
The proposed language of the agreement has a number of serious flaws, including (but certainly not limited to) enhanced criminal penalties, a super-DMCA provision, reduced scope for fair use, and database protection elements.
The proposed treaty is supposed to be complete by January 2005 and go into effect December 2005. Now is not too early to let your representatives and others know what a bad idea the intellectual property elements of the treaty are.
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