Baby’s First TechDirt Shoutout

Hidden Within The TPP: The RIAA’s Secret Plan To Screw Musicians Out Of Their Rights

While musicians spoke up and were able to get this part of the bill repealed, it should be abundantly clear that the RIAA and Glazier in particular have always been anti-artist, and are focused on figuring out ways to help the recording industry screw over musicians even more. While he lost the termination rights battle, Sarah Jeong and Parker Higgins, over at EFF, have noticed that in the leaked version of the TPP’s IP chapter, there appears to be a hidden attack on termination rights.

Termination Rights in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

I co-wrote this piece on termination rights in the TPP.

Regardless of the intent behind the provision, it is clear that the lack of transparency regarding the TPP is a problem. In 1999, much of the outrage was directed at the manner in which the Glazier amendment was added to an unrelated bill—“No hearings were held, no public debate took place, and no member of Congress sponsored the act[ion].

When intellectual property policy is taken up in the trade context, that very lack of democracy and transparency becomes the standard.