Despite assurances that he would not diminish the right of fair use in American copyright law, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk (pictured) appears to be doing just that during secret negotiations being conducted on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (also known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP).
According to language leaked to the Internet late last week, the legal definition of “fair use” is now fair game for the international cabal of TPP negotiators hammering out that trade scheme in secret.
The TPP is an international trade treaty currently being negotiated behind closed doors by nine (Mexico and Canada have been invited to join and would bring the total number of participants to 11) nations located along the Pacific Rim. The 14th round of talks is set for September 6-15 in Leesburg, Virginia.
As we have reported, among the many problems with shrouding the details of such a binding agreement behind a thick veil of secrecy is the fact that if the TPP is approved by the Senate it will become the law of the land and the laws of the United States will be subject to abrogation by an international body that is unelected and unanswerable to the people of the United States.
Furthermore, the text of the agreement reveals that USTR Kirk has agreed to place the approval of “domestic stakeholders” (read: large corporations) on a level with that of the Congress. It is precisely this exalting of big business that has troubled many of the people’s representatives in Congress.
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