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Post Posted:: January 7th, 2012, 11:09 am 
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"In an interesting coincidence, the Canadian government filed notice of a public consultation on December 31, 2011 on the possible Canadian entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, trade talks that could result in an extension in the term of copyright that would mean nothing new would enter the Canadian public domain until 2032 or beyond."

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6225/125/

It's probably too soon to go into mourning, but still...

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Post Posted:: January 7th, 2012, 12:12 pm 

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Guess it was bound to happen éh.

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Post Posted:: October 10th, 2015, 3:00 am 
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https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/10/final-leaked-tpp-text-all-we-feared

See Expansion of Copyright Terms.

My commiserations.

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Post Posted:: October 10th, 2015, 4:39 pm 
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Japan is then affected too, and Australia... oh no, they already have 70 years for everybody dead after 1954. I'm quite annoyed by this!

On the other hand, as far as I understand, the treaty is not yet signed - there may still be hope, although it's tiny of course...

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Post Posted:: October 11th, 2015, 12:45 am 
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Not signed, but agreed, I fear. Malaysia and New Zealand are also affected, though they have transition periods to varying degrees. Canada apparently does not.

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Post Posted:: October 11th, 2015, 1:48 am 
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We were changed in about 2005 because of some treaty with the USA which gave us access to the USA beef market in 2035 or some such thing.
I think books are just sort of co lateral damage, it's inventions and Mickey Mouse that lobby the USA government . Well that's how I read it all anyhow. I wondered how long NZ would be able to stand up to pressure.

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Post Posted:: October 11th, 2015, 3:03 am 

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RuthieG wrote:
Not signed, but agreed, I fear.

Doesn't it have to be ratified by parliaments of respective countries first, though?

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Post Posted:: October 11th, 2015, 3:22 am 
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Yes, I suppose... I have become cynical in my old age. The Canadian federal election takes place next week. I can't imagine that any parliament will protect the public domain at the expense of trade agreements. What concerns me (though of course it makes no difference to me personally) is that I see no guarantee that the change will not be retroactive in Canada, whereas New Zealand apparently obtained "a clear provision that does not make the change retroactive – anything in the public domain stays there." (That is from this article, so I can't be sure of its accuracy.)

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