Post-TPP Special 301 Report Shows How Little Has Changed

Last Friday the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the 2017 edition of its Special 301 Report [PDF], which the USTR issues each year to “name and shame” other countries that the U.S. claims should be doing more to protect and enforce their copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Most of these demands exceed those countries’ […]

RCEP's Digital Trade Negotiations Remain Shrouded in Secrecy

From May 2-12, the Philippines hosted the 18th round of negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a TPP-like trade agreement covering ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six partner countries – China, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Access to the negotiators was extremely limited, with […]

As USTR Takes Office, EFF Sets Out Our Demands on Trade Transparency

The new U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, took office this week. EFF has written him a letter to let him know that we’ll be holding him to the commitments that he made during his confirmation hearing about improving the transparency and inclusiveness of the USTR’s notoriously closed and opaque trade negotiation practices. Our letter, which […]

Diego Gomez Finally Cleared of Criminal Charges for Sharing Research

In 2011, Colombian graduate student Diego Gomez shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet. After a long legal battle, Diego was able to breathe a sigh of relief today as he was cleared of the criminal charges that he faced for this harmless act of sharing scholarly research. Since Diego was first […]