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Free Trade Agreement 2

As an update on Free Trade Agreement here is a research paper from the Parliamentary Library discussing on the impacts of the so called “Free Trade Agreement” on intellectual property rights.

Some choice quotes-

”…as a net importer of IPRs, Australia would lose more than it gains by strengthening IPRs. The net economic impact is thus likely to be negative.”
”…copyright holders have been able to use technological measures and Australia’s laws against circumvention to discriminate against Australian consumers. For example, the prices charged for some computer games in Australia are much higher than the prices paid by consumers overseas. To a large extent the AUSFTA facilitates these practices.”
“Developments in Australia and elsewhere have made it clear that technological protection measures seem to have more to do with discriminatory pricing than genuine anti-piracy measures. The AUSFTA further reinforces anti-competitive practice in those respects.”


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