Tech and Trans Pacific Partnership – Flying in the dark

When the Trade Minister’s office leaked details to The Australian last week of sugar being added to the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, the rest of Australia was understandably nervous.

For the tech industry – and for consumers of content – the TPP concerns relate to the possibility of a dramatic re-write of intellectual property laws being forced under the agreement. Certainly this is the concern that Labor’s trade spokesman Penny Wong has been flagging.”If the government is suggesting that there might be wholesale changes – for example, to copyright law – I think it is incumbent on the government to have a dialogue with the Australian community and this parliament about that,” Senator Wong said.The information vacuum in relation to the TPP was being filled with a lot of unhelpful speculation that was causing alarm in the community. Senator Wong called for assurances that certain activities be ruled out of the TPP.

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