Son Of ACTA (But Worse): Meet TPP, The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
from the any-which-way dept
The folks over at Public Knowledge have put together some initial information on the TPP, noting that it's basically "ACTA the Sequel." It's actually worse than that. As KEI has discussed TPP will be a much stricter form of agreement:
Unlike ACTA, the TPP will be subject to a dispute resolution process, which means that the U.S. and other countries will be subject to "fines" if they are not in compliance with the agreement.Not surprisingly, just like ACTA, it appears that the USTR has decided that "transparency" as required by the Obama administration really means no transparency. Once again, KEI notes the ridiculousness of this:
The Obama Administration has developed a policy on transparency for the TPP negotiations which apparently does not involve any commitments to sharing the text with the general public, even after it has been given to all member countries in the negotiation and to hundreds of corporate insiders on the USTR advisory board system.It appears the lesson that the USTR learned from all the complaints about a total lack of transparency on ACTA was that it could get away with basically refusing to include the public (the biggest stakeholder here) entirely.