EU Keeps Pushing Canada To Make Massive Changes To IP Law, With No Concern For User Rights
from the if-not-acta,-then-ceta dept
Michael Geist reports on a recent leak of parts of CETA, and it's pretty extreme. As Geist notes:
The breadth of the demands are stunning -- the EU is demanding nothing less than a complete overhaul of Canadian IP laws including copyright, trademark, databases, patent, geographic indications, and even plant variety rights.Jamie Love also has a nice analysis of the leaked documents, where he notes some of the rather telling language choices -- especially compared to the existing TRIPS agreement that concerns intellectual property. For example, in TRIPS, there's talk of balance and user rights, such as this statement in the objectives:
ObjectivesAs for CETA? The objectives are noticeably one-sided:
The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights should contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare, and to a balance of rights and obligations.
ObjectivesYes, this is what is happening to intellectual property law these days. Now that the industry folks have basically taken over the process, they're pretty much throwing any semblance of the supposed "bargain" between creators and society out the window, and doing their best to turn intellectual property law into a purely one-sided deal, for the benefit of producers only.
The objectives of this chapter are to:
(a) facilitate the production and commercialization of innovative and creative products between the Parties; and
(b) achieve an adequate and effective level of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.