[LINK] Free Trade Agreement reports and analysis:
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The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) recommended formal
ratification of the Australia – United States Free Trade Agreement.
The full report and related information on the inquiry into the
AUSFTA, including submissions and transcripts, (Tabled 22 June 2004)
can be found at the inquiry website:
Senate Select committee on the FTA between Australia and the US
committee. Interim report (Tabled 24 June 2004)
Intellectual property rights and the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement.
David Richardson, Parliamentary Library, Economics, Commerce and
Industrial Relations Section.
The Australia US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) covers a number of
issues and this paper deals with Chapter 17 on Intellectual Property
Rights (IPRs). It first examines AUSFTA’s attempts to entrench or
enhance Australia’s already strong IPRs. The general economic arguments
are examined as well as the Australian and US interests in stronger
IPRs. Stronger IPRs protect rights holders from competition and so sit
awkwardly with the aims of free trade. Some specific concerns have been
expressed such as AUSFTA’s implications when producers use copyright
protection measures to practice price discrimination around the world
and against the interests of Australian consumers. (25 pages).
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