For Hollywood, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been a powerful way to export US copyright law especially those favourable to them and other countries. TPP is a proposed free trade and investment pact that expands the consequences of copyright infringement. This agreement is negotiated among United States, Vietnam, Japan, Chile and Australia – countries that are bordering the Pacific Ocean.
Provisions that are part of the TPP
• Every country is required to adopt the same long copyright terms in the US. That means people will have to wait for a long time before any classic works are free to use.
• Countries are required to adopt laws that prohibit people from tampering with copy-protection schemes that protect movies, music, and other copyrighted works.
Reports say that US negotiators are seeking harsher criminal penalties for those who infringe copyright on a “commercial scale”.