The RIAA has responded to the release of last month's Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, calling the agreement a step in the right direction in the battle against international copyright infringement and towards an open marketplace.
Yesterday, the Obama administration's U.S. Trade Representative released the full text of the 12-country TPP, a 30 chapter, 2,000-plus page agreement that largely addresses environmental, medical and international trade regulations between its member countries. But it's one chapter of the deal that caught the attention of the RIAA, which felt compelled to respond to its proposals regarding copyright and trademark protection despite the bill largely focusing on the pharmaceutical industry.
The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Chile, Mexico, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam collaborated on the agreement -- announced October 5 after five years of negotiations -- which, in the section that the RIAA addressed, attempts to standardize copyright protections across the Pacific Rim region and extends copyright terms to 70 years after the author's death, an increase from the 50 years the U.S. had previously had on the books. Those protections largely focus on creating a codified civil and criminal response to digital copyright infringement of intellectual property, including songs and performances.