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Trans-Pacific Partnership

For anyone who hasn’t heard, secret talks are going on between the US and about a dozen other
countries to create a HUGE free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP). Members of Congress and journalists not allowed, and of
course not the public. This will be NAFTA on steroids.


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TPP and musicians

Even though we keep telling them we don't want this stuff, they keep trying pass these things.

Here's an article that talks about the TPP and the music industry. The RIAA, an insider in the TPP process, sees this as a possible opportunity to take away termination rights from musicians. (Ie, the right to take back your work after 35 years of being on a label).

Termination rights were introduced, as you may have guessed, 35 years ago.

It's a bit like all the sneaky releases of music in Europe right now to extend copyright an additional 20 years rather than let them fall into the public doamin, where they belong.


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