Wikileaks has released a revision of the intellectual property agreement demonstrating the US is enforcing severe penalties for copyright infringement. Its editor-in-chief  published this draft to alert the public and to encourage discussion of a topic that will effect their lives. The US original intention was to present features of the debated Digital Millennium Copyright Act, that means it advises ISP to notify customers who are suspected of illegal downloads to delete the pirated content. If they do not warn the consumers, they will be held responsible for the violation.

The latest edition goes into more detail by making rules for anyone providing internet services. A coffee shop that offers Wi-Fi could be liable for copyright infringement that their customers were using. At the present, the patent can take effect for longer. The older version of the draft showed some countries were willing to negotiate terms, and are in agreement that it should be a universal minimum term.

The US is also proposing criminal repercussions for it, even if it is not for commercial advantages. If the US makes this happen, then users such as fans and collectors  will face the consequences. The last draft in November 2013 showed substantial global opposition to this plan with Canada holding its stance.

The smaller developing countries are requested to allow these strict conditions for intellectual property in exchange for transition periods that delays the jeopardy. The text advises countries to set criminal action for unauthorized access, mishandling of or declaring of trade secrets by any individual using a computer system.

The public interest exception such as for journalism does not apply. These amendments are important because of the inclusion of the Investor State Dispute Settlement - a system that permits corporations to sue governments for choices that result in loss of profit. The Independent newspaper reported that US companies had used a similar agreement to sue and win billions from foreign governments. Fortunately, the US is alone in favoring the unacceptable requests with Canada remaining firm. Canada has gone on record 56 times to oppose the motion; the most of any country.

 

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