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.