The administration has characterized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement as “an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement.” It is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru Singapore and Vietnam — with Canada and Mexico as set to join.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA supports the speedy completion of a high-quality “21st century” Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A 21st-century agreement will contain provisions that permit the smooth functioning of the industry of the 21st century — the Internet. The Internet is visibly revolutionizing the way businesses — including small and medium enterprises — function. Without a smoothly functioning Internet, the negotiated provisions of TPP will not yield the desired gains for TPP citizens.

First, TPP must include balanced intellectual property rules. An intellectual property regime can allow technological progress only if it appropriately balances the competing interests between encouraging investment and enabling information access. Because the international trade regime has generally lacked flexible IP provisionis to promote innovation, it is necessary to modernize the IP provisions of the aging trade framework to be consistent with Internet and high-technology innovation.

Second, TPP should promote the free flow of information online, recognizing that blocking bits at the border is as much as affront to international free trade as blocking physical goods. The ability of U.S. businesses to operate effectively on a global scale depends fundamentally on open information flows. When foreign governments block online information, when businesses are impeded for using the Internet to reach international markets, when secure corporate communications are not assured, the collateral damage is done to U.S. exports and U.S. jobs.

Most Recent Statements&Findings:

CCIA To Release 2011 Study Calculating Economic Value of “Fair Use”

As Congress and federal agencies consider stricter copyright enforcement measures such as making streaming a felony, and government-mandated Internet blacklists, and the copryight and communications sectors devise a Copyright Alert System, a new economic report to be released Monday helps illustrate the importance of a balanced approach to copyright. Despite the economic downturn, industries that…

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CCIA To Release 2011 Study Calculating Economic Value of "Fair Use"

As Congress and federal agencies consider stricter copyright enforcement measures such as making streaming a felony, and government-mandated Internet blacklists, and the copryight and communications sectors devise a Copyright Alert System, a new economic report to be released Monday helps illustrate the importance of a balanced approach to copyright. Despite the economic downturn, industries that…

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Upcoming Events: July 2011

CCIA will be hosting events in July to celebrate the release its latest two publications, “Fair Use in the U.S. Economy: 2011” and “Public Policy for the Cloud: How Policymakers Can Enable Cloud Computing”. The details are below: Monday, July 11 Fair Use to the U.S. Economy: 2011 Cannon Building Caucus Room 12:30pm – 2:00pm…

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