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TRADE NEGOTIATIONS and EFFECTS ON POLICY: TTIP

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TRADE NEGOTIATIONS and EFFECTS ON POLICY: TTIP

Politico warns on the time pressure on the negotiations, and explains how it is unlikely that the TTIP will ever be agreed upon, unless this happens before Obama leaves office in early 2017. As usual in the case of trade agreement, not much is known of the specificities of the text.
 
From this explanatory document released by the EU Commission though we can imagine where the newspaper industry might have serious concerns with regard to the negotiations. For starters, the whole second chapter “regulatory cooperation” is bound to have consequences for all businesses in Europe on several obvious levels: privacy rules are not mentioned, but if they have made it into the negotiations this is the chapter where they are likely being discussed. News media are more evidently concerned in the outcome of the talks relating to Intellectual Property.
 
The paper from the Commission does not mention this specific point, but it seems that the mere existence in the US of “fair use”, an exception to copyright protection unknown in the civil law countries, should represent a major risk to be aware of. 
 

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Elena Perotti

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2016-04-11 12:45

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