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The U.S. is currently negotiating a new free trade agreement. It is called The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The negotiations are secret so the only documents available have been leaked. Part of the agreement covers Intellectual Property rights and extension of Copyright. This website is vehemently against it, but it sounds like a positive step for photographers and other content providers. I would be nice if there were more countries as signatories to the treaty as it would require them to adopt U.S. copyright laws. Trade unions here in the U.S. are opposed to the agreement, probably with good reason as it open up new countries for exploitation by business and the offshoring of factories and jobs. Millions of good paying manufacturing jobs have left the country now and wages here are at a historical low. I thought this may be of interest to all the content providers here. You can Google TPP for more info. Here is a BBC article.
I've just had a read through this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/23/uk_gov_copyright_reforms_means_nobody_need_pay_for_images_again/ It makes for very gloomy reading.
I wonder just what forum members think of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report criticising the Hargreaves report, the IPO and the government's copyright weakening agenda. Quote: "Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has harshly criticised the government and Google in a report into the UK's creative industries. The MPs want the 2010 Digital Economy Act - which cracks down on downloaders of pirated material and other copyright infringers - activated without further delay. And the panel wants recommendations from Professor Ian Hargreaves' radical review of UK intellectual property – the so-called "Google Review" – scrapped. This comes after the backbenchers concluded the government is largely barking up the wrong tree with its policy on protecting intellectual property in Blighty (or not as the case seems to be). As El Reg has explained in exhaustive length,....rather than building markets based on property rights, it has instead set about dismantling the very rights that people in those markets need to earn a crust. "We regret that the Hargreaves report adopts a significantly low standard in relation to the need for objective evidence in determining copyright policy," the MPs write in their report. "We do not consider Professor Hargreaves has adequately assessed the dangers of putting the established system of copyright at risk for no obvious benefit." End quote. The whole lot here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/26/dcms_committee_creative_industries/ My view it that the report at last shows that some MPs are wakeing up the the damage that the Hargreaves report and the stance the government has taken as a result, (as if the Hargreaves report was not what the government wanted to hear) would do to the economic viability of the whole creative sector.