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On May 8, the latest negotiating session for the latest secretive trade agreement will start in Dallas and continue for two weeks. The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a wide-ranging agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and eight countries, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Like its predecessor, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), most of the work is being done behind doors closed to the general public. Also like ACTA, there could be severe harmful effects on copyright law. (Unlike ACTA, at some point the agreement will be considered by Congress.)
Public Knowledge will be in Dallas to monitor the talks, to provide a resource for negotiators and to make clear the need for a more public process. The group also has set up a new Web site, http://tppinfo.org, to provide news, analysis and commentary from our experts and from others around the world about TPP.
Here is a brief video which explains the
importance of TPP: