IP rights chapter of TPP stunts freedom of expression

Wikileaks has released what it claims the full Intellectual Property chapter of the TPP deal which was signed on Monday. This chapter gives the signatory countries greater power to stop embarrassing information going public. This treaty gives ability to curtail legal proceedings of information which is important to party’s economic interests, international relations or national security.


Evan Greer, internet activist director, says that the text of TPP’s IP chapter confirms warnings that this deal poses a threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information. The rules state that every country has the authority to immediately give the name and address of anyone importing detained goods to whoever owns the Intellectual Property.

TPP is now facing a rough ride through Congress where President Obama’s opponents on the right argue the agreement does not do enough for business while opponents on the left argue it does too much. Obama has pedged to make TPP public but only after the legislation has passed.

Concerns have also been raised over the effect it could have on the cost of medicines – by extending the intellectual property rights of certain branded drugs, delays in the development of cheaper, ‘generic’ versions of these drugs could ensue, potentially leading to poorer people having to wait much longer than the wealthy to get access to the newest medicines.

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