Daily Caller: Leaked copy of secret trade treaty exposes corporate ‘cronyism’

(From The Daily Caller)

“There’s a huge chilling effect that’s occurred, even in the U.S.,” she added. “If we lock ourselves into this agreement that’s being negotiated with these 12 countries, they can point to this ‘international standard’ that’s been created — in secret — and say ‘Oh well, you might want to improve these laws, but we have obligations with all these countries to stick to these provisions, so we don’t have the flexibility to make any reforms to the law.’”

Many of the intellectual property laws enshrined in the TPP are similar to those proposed by the ill-fated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which crashed and burned in early 2012 after public outcry.

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