Countries Remain Opposed to Some of More Extreme US Proposals in TPP Negotiations, According to WikiLeaks

By: Monday December 9, 2013 6:30 pm

After the first day of another round of secret talks in Singapore on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement wrapped, WikiLeaks released two documents it said “show the state of negotiations” among the twelve negotiating countries.

One of the documents described the “state of play” after talks in Salt Lake City, Utah, from November 19 to November 24. It was edited to “protect the identity of the author country,” which provided details on negotiations to the media organization.


Obama Admin Claims to Support Cellphone Unlocking but TPP Leak Shows Opposite

By: Friday November 22, 2013 8:29 am

When you buy something from someone you own it, right? Not if President Obama has his way on cellphones. Cellphone unlocking, which allows owners to alter the phone they purchased and use it with other carriers should they so desire, is a front line issue on the fight for rational copyright laws.

How the TPP Threatens the Internet

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 12:15 pm

Over a dozen countries, including the United States, are currently negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The public is not allowed to know what is in the agreement, though large corporations are.

Monsanto Loses Patent Case on Climate-Resilient Crops

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 10:27 am

While Big Business think tanks and lobbyists try to foster skepticism on climate change one mega-corporation has decided to take the science very seriously. Unfortunately that company is Monsanto and their plan is to expand their monopoly into climate-resilient crops.

GOP Tries to Overthrow the Tyranny of Mickey Mouse…Then Sadly Backs Down

By: Monday November 19, 2012 10:27 am

This weekend I got ahold of a copy of the Policy Brief on Copyright Law, prepared by the Republican Study Committee chaired by Jim Jordan (PDF). It was so remarkably fair, sound, common-sense and forward-thinking I sent it to Scarecrow and asked him if I was missing something.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”

By: Monday June 11, 2012 2:40 pm

Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated.

PIPA Just a Few Votes From Defeat on Cloture

By: Friday January 20, 2012 6:00 am

[Editor's Note: For the Latest on PIPA, Vote Postponed.]

We are very close to being able to predict a loss for the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, in next week’s cloture vote in the Senate. According to the Open Congress whip count, which is user-generated and seems to have the most updated information, 33 Senators are either co-sponsors or leaning toward supporting PIPA, and 38 Senators are either confirmed No votes or leaning that way. As we all know, it takes 41 votes to block a cloture vote. So if the leaners pan out we’ll see cloture go down.

ACTA and the Overblown Threat of Piracy

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 8:00 am

A secretly negotiated international treaty recently had a draft released. It has all the earmarks of a consumer-hostile power grab by the entertainment industry, happily aided by the Obama administration.

For more on pruning back executive power see Pruning Shears.

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