Chile’s association of independent, university, and autonomous publishers (Asociación de Editores Independientes, Universitarios y Autónomos), a member of the Chilean Coalition for Cultural Diversity, has written to the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs to express its concerns over intellectual property issues and compliance with the requirements of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions during negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP).
On behalf of the Chilean Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the association states that “[…] it seems fundamental to us to include in the TPP a broad cultural exemption to guarantee that the national treatment, most-favored nation, and market access principles will not apply to cultural industries and the creative arts, no matter their means of expressions.”
In matters of intellectual property, the association feels that “[…] it seems to us of uttermost importance not to extend the term of copyright protection for works—in whatever form they may be—that benefit from the intellectual property regime.” The association then goes on to say that “it is fundamental to return to the original equilibrium that led to the first national legislations on copyright and intellectual property to be drafted, not only to protect the public’s right to access creative works, knowledge, and information, but also to prevent legislative obstacles from blocking the way for future generations to continue to create.”
Finally, the Chilean Coalition expresses its hope that “[…] in these free trade negotiations, like in any other that [Chile] want to undertake, culture will not be subject to the commercial interests of large economic entities nor of any nation.”
To read the letter in question, please consult the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity website.