Trade Agreements as the New Copyright Law
Dames, K. Matthew
Online, Mar/Apr2007, v31, #2, pp16-20
What is the role of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
in global intellectual property law issues? Both U.S. trade representative Susan Schwab and her predecessor, Rob Portman, have made intellectual property protection a centerpiece of international trade discussions. Schwab believes the issue of intellectual property is so important that in June 2006 she created an Intellectual Property office within the USTR. There is, however, concern that expansive language in free-trade agreements may raise the level of copyright protection above and beyond the international standards under the Berne Convention and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights annexed to the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization. K. Matthew Dames is the executive editor of CopySense.
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