Issa Releases the Trans Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Rights Chapter on KeepTheWebOPEN.comMay 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – As the 12th round of closed-door negotiations continue, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the draft intellectual property chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on KeepTheWebOPEN.com, while calling on US Trade Representative Ron Kirk to publicly release the latest text U.S. negotiators are seeking to include in the agreement. TPP is being negotiated by the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, but because the Obama Administration has kept citizens, many-stakeholders and Congress in the dark, little is known about the intellectual property (IP) rights chapter of TPP beyond rumors and this February 2011 U.S. draft proposal.
“At a time when the American people and Internet users all around the world are rightfully wary of any closed-door negotiations that could adversely impact their ability to freely and openly access the Internet, the Obama Administration continues to pursue a secretive, closed-door negotiating process for the Trans Pacific Partnership,” Issa said. “I have decided to publish the intellectual property rights chapter of TPP in Madison so that the public can provide input to those negotiating this agreement, and to push this Administration – and the federal government as a whole – to be open, transparent and inclusive when it comes to international intellectual property rights agreements that have potentially serious consequences for the Internet community.”
Learn more at http://keepthewebopen.com/tpp.