It’s awfully hard to have a conversation about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as the government representatives who are negotiate it are barred, by definition, from sharing details with the public.
So we’ve got the next best thing: a leaked (of course) document of the U.S. Trade Representative’s TPP talking points, obtained and published byTechdirt.
It’s a companion piece to the most recent draft of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter, the August version of which was released by WikiLeaksNov. 13. The IP chapter is highly controversial, in part for the aforementioned secrecy. But, as Internet advocates feared, it also shows that negotiators are arguing for tough Internet copyright standards. Those could make it much easier for corporations to remove content from the Internet, effectively locking participating countries into de facto laws.
"It is likely that the coming days will be full of hyperbolic misinformation about what is in that text," the document says. "Indeed, it is likely that whoever leaked the text specifically desired this outcome as a way to set back the IP chapter and the TPP negotiations more generally."
Its first point is that the leaked draft is already outdated, and thus isn’t a good point to reference. However, it is worth noting that it reflects similar positions to a draft of that chapter leaked in 2011, and that negotiators hope to have the TPP finalized by the end of 2013, so it may be a leap to expect the final version to be substantially different.