p2pnet view Politics:- With Canada on the verge of an election, opposition parties on the House of Commons heritage committee are calling on Harper’s Conservative government to make sure domestic copyright policies aren’t part of “any present or future trade negotiations”, says the Wire Report.
The government should “exclude copyright policy from trade negotiations” and instead “focus on developing international copyright policy through bodies like the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)”, said the committee report tabled on Monday.
Ottawa law professor Michael Geist (right) is quoted as saying the move by the opposition parties is significant as a spring election now appears unavoidable, stating the CETA and ACTA trade agreements depart from the conventional norms of what trade agreements should cover.
“This is not part of what we would traditionally think of with respect to market access, tariff barriers, and those sorts of issues around trade,” he says in the post, adding Canada can work with international partners to try and avoid putting copyright into trade agreements, according to the story.
“I think there are many jurisdictions we should be talking to that are like-minded on this issue”, he said.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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