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International trade agreements and intellectual property

ACTA showed us how intellectual property  and copyright policy may become embroiled in trade policy. Since the demise of ACTA in the European Union, following the European Parliament's rejection of it, there will be attempts to slide it in to other trade agreements. This section of Iptegrity will address this matter.

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in ACTA and copyright enforcement policy, you may like my books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

Part 2 of a series of 3 postings on the leaked EU TTIP discussion document

 Just as the European Parliament is about to vote on  new data protection rules, TTIP touches on another aspect of privacy.

Has a discussion on communications traffic data slipped into the EU-US trade talks (TTIP)? It seems as though it might have done. Iptegrity previously reported on the re-work of telecoms law  that is signalled by a series of provisions in a European Commission document  that is to form the basis of discussion at the TTIP talks. Within that context, the issue has slipped in via a back door.

Read more: Confidentially TTIP – but is it private?

Part 1 of a series of 3 postings on the leaked EU TTIP discussion document

 The European Union could give away  unlimited rights to foreign telecoms companies to buy up rivals in Europe as part of the proposed new transatlantic trade deal  (TTIP).  This is one of an astonishing set of proposals revealed in a  Commission document leaked by the German newspaper Die Zeit last week.  The leaked document further indicates  a possible re-write of the EU telecoms framework, outlining  a ‘mini’ version of the EU Telecoms Package for discussion.  

Read more: Lex AT&T? EU Commisson’s TTIP proposal to revise telecoms law

Dear Santa, please bring us a new narrative …. Thanks, TTIP negotiators

 *** Iptegrity wishes all  readers a very happy Christmas!***

 The European authorities want  industry to come up with a counter-narrative to civil society in what would appear to be fear of an ACTA protest Mk2. This was revealed in a cosy Brussels soirée held at the American Chamber of Commerce to discuss the intellectual property content of the EU-US trade agreement known as TTIP.  It has also been revealed that industry has given to the negotiators a veritable Christmas list of copyright enforcement measures they would like to see in TTIP.

Read more: A TTIP Christmas wish

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. She is a policy analyst specialising in Internet governance & European policy, including platform accountability. She is a published author & Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee on  Internet Freedom. She has worked on CoE, EU and UNDP funded projects in eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In a voluntary capacity, she has led UK citizen delegations to the European Parliament. She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012.

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