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The Biggest Threat to Free Speech and Intellectual Property That You’ve Never Heard Of
08-31-2012, 04:03 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
Posts:12,775 Threads:1,181 Joined:Feb 2011

Now, the latest threat to free speech in guise of IP reform is a multilateral trade agreement currently being negotiated (in secret) by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”). That agreement—the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or “TPP”—would reportedly include dramatic changes to intellectual property laws, changes that could potentially permit the patenting to plants, animals, and medical procedures.

And, while some of the proposed changes run contrary to enacted federal law, the USTR is not only pushing for TPP, it is doing its best to avoid congressional oversight
Prominent senators aren’t the only ones being kept in the dark. Consumer and advocacy groups are also totally shut out of the negotiations, while certain interested corporations have a preferred seat at the table. As Senator Wyden further explained:

The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. corporations – like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America – are being consulted and made privy to details of the agreement.


This is flat out fascism. Worse because it isn't the collusion of gov and corp, it's all corp writing new laws with the gov rep.s excluded
08-31-2012, 04:17 PM #2
Kreeper Griobhtha
Posts:10,938 Threads:665 Joined:Feb 2011
It looks like our corporate masters have finally decided to get rid of the puppet show. I guessed they realized people were in a deep enough trance to not notice or care.


Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
08-31-2012, 04:50 PM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
Posts:12,775 Threads:1,181 Joined:Feb 2011
'Puppet show' what an apt way to put it
08-31-2012, 04:56 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:31,885 Threads:1,455 Joined:Feb 2011
Say Lilly gets a patent on pot, only then would it become legal as medicine. God forbid you should grow it on your own, the penalties would be far worse than now in all likelihood. You're right Shadow, this is flat out fascism with a corporate twist.

08-31-2012, 05:23 PM #5
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
Posts:12,775 Threads:1,181 Joined:Feb 2011
The implications are horrific. They would literally own all life on the planet. And the gov (paid by taxes) would be their jack boots.
08-31-2012, 05:33 PM #6
Cynicalabsurdance Member
Posts:9,900 Threads:223 Joined:Feb 2011
Boy,,, you let a couple of Puritans rent Plymouth Rock for a spell ,,,,

and ,,,

next thing ya know ,,,,
09-01-2012, 01:58 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:43,717 Threads:1,499 Joined:Feb 2011
This thing they call civilization is a freak show.
09-01-2012, 03:45 PM #8
Accidental Stoner Member
Posts:9,102 Threads:76 Joined:Feb 2011
Started with Monsanto and the EU Patent EP 1 962 578
(conventional melons) over here last summer.


People do not have a ğkking clue what's going on.
When I tell them, they do not seem to be able to
extrapolate implications.

09-01-2012, 03:55 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
Posts:15,362 Threads:434 Joined:Jun 2012
It may because of apathy. (veering a little off course here)

"Being discontent with leadership does not always come from bad policies or corrupt practices. The trend has been that even when a government has been doing relatively well, apathy has determined the outcome of an election".




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