Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Wikileaks strikes again with the document of the the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. This agreement will have a serious effect on internet intellectual rights. The countries involved are United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei Darussalam. Update: Raw Story reports that the agreement could hurt sick people getting access to medicine.
Critics say the proposal, if enacted, would severely limit access to affordable medicine, the Internet and textbooks, and shrink consumer rights and protections. “The Obama administration’s proposals are the worst – the most damaging for health – we have seen in a U.S. trade agreement to date,” said Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s global access to medicines program. “The Obama administration has backtracked from even the modest health considerations adopted under the Bush administration.”