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Details of TPP deal released

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30 Chapters? Light reading for a rainy day, too bad it's sunny today!

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In the US, Democrats don't like it and Republicans like it. Republicans like it, so it must be bad.

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@Yubaru,

30 Chapters? Light reading for a rainy day, too bad it's sunny today!

It is 5,544 pages, to be exact. And weighs 100 pounds (45 kg).

I have started reading.... over my morning coffee. Here is one link with the full text.

https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/trans-pacific-partnership/TPP-Full-Text

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Now we can find all the fingerprints of the corporate insiders who wrote a lot of this document.

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I skimmed the chapter on intellectual property. It actually looks pretty sane and reasonable, without any of the crazy provisions that US companies were trying to get.

Mickey Mouse failed to extend his copyright protection beyond 70 years after death, The US healthcare industry failed to get mandatory patent protection on methods of diagnosis and treatment, Kraft Foods failed in their attempt to get rid of protection for geographical indications like 'reggiano parmigiano'.

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Oligarch's 10 - Labor 0

These trade agreements are complex, and yet only now are they open to the public. The terms of the agreement were made in strict confidence. The vote will be taken in strict ignorance.

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In the US, Democrats don't like it and Republicans like it. Republicans like it, so it must be bad

Really? So far I haven't seen ANY Republicans who like it (Is that a surprise?). And considering the reaction from both parties,it might not be perfect but not such a bad deal either. It's called a compromise.

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TPP stands for Towards the People's Penury?

Taking suggestions...

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I will read it if it gets passed, otherwise, why bother?

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Why bother?

So much for patriotism.

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Its BS that they release it AFTER signing it. What are they doing? Spitting in our faces??

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Mickey Mouse failed to extend his copyright protection beyond 70 years after death,

but in asia and most other countries, the copyright was only for 50 years, and for some things 25 years, so this deal actually extends the copyright in asia, which is basically what the US/mickey mouse wanted. so this is a loss for consumers.

all govt's involved in the TPP will just ram it down our throats so i really see no use in protesting. this trade agreement will be ratified. take my word for it.

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Finished reading it yesterday. No big deal. Just a bunch of werds all over the place.

reminded me of a joke..

What's the difference between jam and jelly? You can't jelly yer **** down someones throat.

We allllllll gettin' JAMMED.

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Strange that I am only seeing this story here. Other news sites are silent, even though it came out yesterday. I just did a Google news search for TPP, and JapanToday was actually the top (and just about only) article.

Why no other press?

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Its BS that they release it AFTER signing it. What are they doing? Spitting in our faces??

They haven't signed it yet.

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TPP = corporate exploitation on an unprecedented scale. It's a VERY BAD deal for the citizens of all of the countries involved.

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70 years after someone's death for copyright is now and has always been just silly. And unnecessary IMO. I mean, if Disney lost copyright control of Mickey and all the early characters they could just sell their stuff as "official" products. And people would still buy it. TPP extending this provision to other countries does nothing but stifle artists trying to use what should be public domain by now.

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Patriotism? What does not reading it have to do with that? I do not understand what you are getting at.

****If we were told we would get a chance to vote on it, then of course I would read it, but that is not the case.

****Actually, it is good for us not to be able to vote on it, as so many people vote because of hearsay and the commercials they see, and not by reading up on the voting records of those running. I never vote for anything unless I have full knowledge of what it is I would be voting for.

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Strange that I am only seeing this story here. Other news sites are silent, even though it came out yesterday. I just did a Google news search for TPP, and JapanToday was actually the top (and just about only) article.

Try duckduckgo.com. You'll find its on every news site. You might need to remove your "region" from Google.

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Printed if off and will now use it for toilet reading and for its most apt use, toilet paper.

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You might need to remove your "region" from Google.

Yeah, Google prioritizes results based on your browser history.

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@nakanoguy01

but in asia and most other countries, the copyright was only for 50 years, and for some things 25 years, so this deal actually extends the copyright in asia

Yes, that's true. Japan actually has life of the author +50 years on many types of works so they would have to make changes.

However, TPP also seems to allow countries to adopt a system of just 70 years from the date of first publication (rather than from the death of the author), so some countries could actually end up with shorter copyright protection if they go down this route (that's a bit of a surprise). In any event, it's much better than the life +150 years rumors we were hearing.

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For TPP to come into effect, the agreement must be ratified by at least 6 member countries with a combined GDP of 85% of all the member countries. The US and Japan make up 60% and 18% respectively of the total GDP of the TPP signatories. That means if US or Japan fails to ratify the treaty, TPP will be botched.

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For TPP to come into effect, the agreement must be ratified by at least 6 member countries with a combined GDP of 85% of all the member countries. The US and Japan make up 60% and 18% respectively of the total GDP of the TPP signatories. That means if US or Japan fails to ratify the treaty, TPP will be botched.

One can hope. But they will likely both ratify it.

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It will pass in the U.S. Remember, this is part of Obama's "legacy"

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It is bad it makes companies rich and people peasants. They locked communication down to legislatures. Problems need to be settled with world court. NWO. I've heard people say we've been sold out, by our government it was this or war with China. It was all agreed to before anyone knew what was in it. Have you heard about those Islands China has made? America

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And only a 20-page summary available in Japanese...

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Strangerland: "They haven't signed it yet."

True, but they reached an agreement, which they didn't bother releasing the details of to the public beforehand. Obviously they can still back out if it's not signed and ratified yet, but there would likely have been more opposition and pressure in some cases not even to reach an agreement if people knew the details beforehand.

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they reached an agreement, which they didn't bother releasing the details of to the public beforehand.

How could they tell you about what they agreed upon, before they agreed upon it?

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