TPP and Tech

By Eric Crampton 20/08/2015

Paul Matthews outlines what’s in the TPP for New Zealand’s tech firms. A few highlights:

  • NZ’s position on software patents (we don’t have them) is unaffected;
  • Copyright’s term could extend to 70 years after death (up by 20), but parallel importation won’t be affected;
  • Circumventing technological protection methods could be criminalised. New Zealand DVD players typically come with a code for making them region-free – I don’t know whether this would then change;
  • No changes to ISP liability on copyright infringement.
Ending parallel import would have been close to a deal-breaker for me, so glad to see that’s off the table. 

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