Up Is Down, Night Is Day, US Pretends Protectionist, Anti-Free Trade Agreements Are 'Historic Free Trade' Treaties

from the booooooooogus dept

For some time now, we've been noting that the US keeps trying to force countries around the globe to put in place protectionist policies that protect American monopolies, and hilariously pretending these are "free trade" agreements. And today is no different. The White House is tooting its own horn for signing three new anti-free trade agreements today, with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, pretending that these are free trade agreements. The reality, of course, is that they are protectionist plans that will do more harm than good to US interests.

While the White House leaves this part out of its patting itself on the back, these agreements all export the worst of US copyright law to these other countries, forcing them to put in place laws that are against their own best interests, and which serve only to falsely prop up the entertainment industry's bad business model. This is why the MPAA and the US Chamber of Commerce are cheering it on so strongly.

And, of course, this is just the beginning. The Treasury Department put out its own blog post celebrating the anti-free trade agreements as well, in which they ominously warn that things are going to get worse, as they "build on" these agreements to get the dreadful Trans-Pacific Partnership signed. As you may recall, the TPP has become the way that the US Trade Rep plans to sneak in everything that it failed to get in ACTA... and it's being even more secretive about TPP than it was about ACTA. It's nothing but a government handout to Hollywood. This is not "historic" and it's not about "free trade." It's about protectionist anti-free trade policies that will do long term harm to US innovation and economic interests. What a disaster.

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    PaulT (profile), 22 Oct 2011 @ 9:38am

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    "So you're saying that since Americans *are* hooked up, then the piracy rate in the US should be zero. Right?"

    Not necessarily. You certainly have more of a basis for legal measures one there's actually a legal alternative in place, but you're never going to get zero piracy. You never had zero piracy before the internet either.

    Most of the "pirate" services are located outside of the US. They're set up to service demand in every other country in the world. If you want them to stop servicing the US, you might want to consider servicing the demand around the rest of the world as well. You seem to concentrate solely on attacking the supply chain - you need to address the demand as well. On a technical level, this is an incredibly easy thing to do.

    "What exactly is your damaged pathology?"

    I'm not the one swearing and acting like a child, yet again. You seem to do this every weekend - breaking down and start acting like an idiot. I have to wonder why.

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