The technology industry is mobilizing to push the Trump administration over concerns on copyright matters in discussions to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Top technology trade associations, which lobby on behalf technology firms’ political interests, say in a letter on Wednesday they’re concerned that NAFTA renegotiation discussions are going in the wrong direction on copyright provisions.
The groups push U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerBob LighthizerBiden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Whiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE in the letter to find the “right balance in the area of copyright.”
Technology firms have argued in the past for copyright rules that protect the creators who generate the content that makes their platforms valuable. But they also want to strike a balance so that such laws don’t come at the “expense of free speech,” as the Internet Association puts it.
Tech firms also want to make sure that intellectual property provisions in copyright laws don’t allow for easy lawsuits that result in what some call frivolous "patent troll" cases. Such cases have frustrated tech companies like Apple and Intel as they field lawsuits from smaller companies that hold patents but make their money through such court cases, instead of manufacturing and producing their own products.
NAFTA talks are now in their fifth round. Leaders from the U.S., Mexico and Canada convened in Mexico City on Wednesday to continue negotiations.