[CTcentral.org] Draft trade pact more palatable to tech companies

For three years, technology and telecommunications companies have watched nervously from the sidelines as the United States and nearly a dozen trading partners have negotiated a trade agreement that critics feared could undermine all sorts of online activities.

[...] For one thing, the latest draft opens the door to expanding the scope of the agreement beyond just copyright protections to encompass trademarks and possibly even patents and other types of intellectual property [...]

Jeremie Zimmermann, a spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a public interest group based in Paris [...] "This kind of private police and private justice of the Net is very dangerous," he said.