Stop Restrictive Intellectual Property and Trade Laws

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: Don’t restrict intellectual property rights as well as relax regulations for foreign corporations operating in the U.S.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an agreement among many nations that is intended to ease trade between these nations. However, it has been kept secret from the public until a recent leak of part of the agreement. This leak showed the intellectual property rights chapter of the agreement, and also showed that this agreement may be devastating to the rights of US citizens. Not only will the agreement restrict intellectual property rights, but it will give greater rights to foreign corporations than it will to domestic ones.

The agreement will drastically change the way intellectual property rights are handled in the United States. The exceptions of current copyright law, such as fair use, will not be part of this agreement. As each country that is part of this partnership is required to conform its laws to the TPP, this means that the United States will lose the exceptions in current law. Additionally, there will be more restrictions such as criminal sanctions for what could be considered copyright infringement, even if there is no commercial motivation.

Despite the agreement’s extremely restrictive intellectual property laws, corporations are supporting it. This is because of further information shown in the leaked document—foreign corporations will be given fewer regulations to operate in the United States than domestic corporations. There will also be an alternative legal system for these corporations, effectively allowing them to avoid any repercussions from the government.

If the United States stays in this partnership and supports this agreement, then the rights of American citizens will be drastically limited. American corporations will not have the same freedoms as foreign corporations. It will be difficult for corporations and citizens alike to deal with any intellectual property rights because of the stricter laws that will come. Tell Congress that the United States should not be part of this partnership.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

The United States is currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement for trade among a group of countries. Although the agreement is intended to ease trade, it will actually harm domestic corporations as well as affect the rights of individual citizens. The agreement will both give foreign corporations more freedom over domestic ones as well as restrict intellectual property rights in the United States.

I ask you to stop the United States’ participation in this partnership. The benefits of ease of trade are not worth American corporations and citizens’ loss of rights and ability to operate. This country should not participate in any agreement that is ultimately detrimental to the citizens.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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