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But trade deals can have unintended consequences—one fear is that the TPP will make it easier for tobacco companies to fight public health rules intended to stop children from smoking. And NGOs that favor open information, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge, fear that the IP section is full of proposals that limit online freedom—more specifically, that US IP is flawed and shouldn’t be exported.

EFF has a full list of critiques of the draft—one example concerns the liability for platforms like YouTube when users post content that may infringe on others’ intellectual property. In the US, fair-use content can get taken down mistakenly by platforms seeking a legal safe harbor granted to those that quickly address potential violations. Open internet activists (along with all the members but the US and Australia) want TPP countries to have more flexibility to determine their own approach.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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