WikiLeaks is back in the headlines after the anti-secrecy organization published a chapter of a working draft of an international trade pact between the United States, Mexico, Japan, and other Pacific Rim countries. On Wednesday, WikiLeaks dropped the draft of intellectual property chapter of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Pact. The leak is being heralded by public interest groups for pulling back the curtain on how the United States seems to be pushing strong IP protections on its partners.
“The TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons,” warned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a press release.
“These countries are sitting down and trying to figure out how to harmonize their intellectual property laws, so in the digital age, we can cut down on piracy, and you know, bad stuff that’s happening on the internet,” says Cyrus Farivar, senior business editor at the website Ars Technica.
Click the audio player to hear more about this story.
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.