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[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XVII

[...] President Obama nominated Robert Holleyman as deputy U.S. trade representative. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Holleyman will help lead the effort to pass the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. [...] Holleyman is a former lobbyist who led efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation, better known as SOPA [...] Holleyman [...] is no friend of open source. Coupled with the European Commission's admission that it wants to bring in a "Christmas list" of new demands in the area of intellectual monopolies, that makes TTIP all-the-more dangerous for both free software and online freedom. [...]

Alongside that bad news, we've also had some good news in the shape of two significant leaks of relevant documents. One concerns the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA), which I discussed recently. [...] The leaked section concerns intellectual monopolies. [...]

The other leak is the European Commission's draft proposal on trade in services, investment and e-commerce for the TTIP negotiations [.pdf] [...] it still offers some useful insight into the Commission's general thinking as regards TTIP. That's also true of its latest official document, entitled "EU-US Trade Agreement - The Facts" [.pdf]