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Don’t Write Copyright Law in Secret

Postby MrFredPFL » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:24 am

Story : https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/01/dont-write-copyright-law-secret





The United States is the world’s chief exporter of copyright law. With recent news that President Trump is expected to sign the US Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement next week, we’re one step closer to Canada being forced to align with the US copyright duration to life of the author plus 70 years, keeping important works from being able to enter the public domain for another 20 years.

The USMCA requires participating countries to have a copyright term of at least 70 years. In practice, this measure will affect only Canada: in the United States, copyright lasts 70 years already, and in Mexico it’s even longer (100 years). Only Canada has stuck with the 50-year minimum required by the Berne Convention.

It’s a common story: again and again, trade agreements bring longer copyright terms to participating countries under the banner of standardization, often with the United States. But that “standardization” only takes place in one direction, toward more restrictive copyright laws. The failed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) would have lengthened copyright terms for several participating countries. It also would have brought US copyright’s protection for digital locks to participating countries.

The USMCA is just the latest example: when copyright terms are negotiated in private, multinational agreements, it tends to favor the interests of large media companies. Countries should decide their own copyright laws by inclusive, democratic processes, not through secret negotiations.







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