There have been some questions about the Pirate Party on Twitter lately, so I thought I’d sit down for 5 minutes before my next meeting and write down some personal perspectives on these questions and hopefully go some way to answering them.
After reports that Disney was pressing for a copyright term extension at the recent stakeholder briefing in Singapore for the TPP, I emailed DFAT in order to get their position on this matter.
In their response, they claim that they will not support provisions that would extend copyright terms in Australia, but would support clauses that serve to reinforce Australia’s current position on copyright term.
While it’s great that DFAT claim they aren’t intending to support an extension of copyright term at this time, I’m disappointed—but not surprised—that they would choose to vertically integrate the current copyright term in yet another treaty.
The content of the email can be found below. I will update this as soon as I get a response.
To whom it may concern, I have a couple of questions regarding the position of the Australian negotiating team regarding the IP chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. 1. Is it the position of the Australian negotiating team to accept a final text that included any provisions that would require a copyright term extension? 2. Is it the position of the Australian negotiating team to accept a final text that included any provisions that would re-enforce the current copyright term of life + 70 years? I look forward to your response. -- Regards, Brendan Molloy Secretary Pirate Party Australia