More Content Industry Protectionism Masquerading As Free Trade
from the that's-not-free-trade dept
Last month, when people started noticing how odd it was that the new US “free trade” agreement with South Korea included an awful lot of stuff about intellectual property that was the opposite of “free trade,” some suggested that this would start to become the norm in all US free trade agreements. Indeed, a new article is noting that the latest free trade agreement between the US and Australia include many changes to copyright law that will increase criminalization of copyright violations in Australia. Once again, this is the opposite of free trade. It’s about content monopolization and protecting the obsolete business models of American content companies. The fact that this is hidden in a “free trade” agreement makes a mockery of the concept of free trade. As people in the article note, while this agreement was talked about as a way of “harmonizing” the IP laws of both countries, it was really all about Australia adopting stricter laws and shrinking fair use defenses (making them even worse than in the US). That’s not harmonization.