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August 02, 2005

CAFTA and Copyright

CAFTA is more about imposing US copyright on Central America than free trade:

Once it takes effect, CAFTA will require Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to mirror the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's broad prohibition on bypassing copy-protection technology. Specifically, CAFTA calls for civil and criminal penalties to punish anyone who "circumvents" copy-protection technology or "provides" such tools to anyone else. Like the DMCA, that could cover everything from DeCSS (which removes copy-protection from DVDs) to products that do the same for e-books.
So don't buy the hype that those who oppose CAFTA are against help for developing nations. This trade deal was about corporate profits, not trade with workers in the developing world.

Posted by Nathan at August 2, 2005 09:45 AM