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Disney calls for extended copyright in international trade agreement

Stephanie McDonald | March 11, 2013
Disney has reportedly used a stakeholders meeting for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement to call for extended copyright terms.

Simon Frew, deputy president at the Pirate Party, said the organisation has met with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) over the TPP but information has not been forthcoming.

The Pirate Party has now lodged a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with DFAT to try and find out more about the agreement. However, Frew conceded it is unlikely the FOI request will reveal "anything of substance.

"So we expect it to remain secret and it's really a bad sign for what's actually going to be in the proposal," he said.

The Australian Greens have also actively fought for information to be revealed. In August last year Greens senators put forward a motion calling on the government to make the negotiations publicly available and to reject any trade agreement which put the civil liberties of Australians at risk.

However, the motion was defeated by the Labor and Liberal parties, with Greens senator Scott Ludlam stating the Federal Government is "hell-bent" on locking Australia into a dead-end copyright treaty.

Given the controversy of ACTA, with it being rejected by the European Union in July last year and an Australian parliamentary report recommending that it not be ratified here until the Federal government can carry out a cost benefit analysis, it is unclear what the future of the TPP will be in Australia.

The US has announced it hopes to finalise a TPP agreement by the end of this year.


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