TPP literally a Mickey Mouse deal
26 February 2016
The CEO of Disney has boasted of influencing the intellectual property chapter of the TPP in a letter to his employees.
The TPP text locks in strong specific legal rights for copyright holders and criminalisation of copyright breaches, with much vaguer references to fair use provisions for consumers.
The letter to Disney employees asks them to open their wallets and contribute to the company’s lobbying efforts, boasting that “we played a major roll in ensuring that the "Trade Promotion Authority" legislation set high standards for intellectual property (IP) provisions in our trade negotiations... We used that language in TPA to advocate successfully for a strong IP chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.”