Australia appears to have dodged copyright changes in the Trans Pacific Partnership

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The Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement between Australia and 11 other Pacific Rim nations doesn’t appear to have special provisions to fight online piracy.

Proposed changes to Australian copyright laws, which could have meant new penalties for breaches, appear not to have made it to the final version of the agreement.

While the text of the agreement hasn’t yet been released, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says it will not require changes to Australia’s intellectual property laws or policies, copyright, pharmaceutical patents or enforcement.

Australia’s five years of data protection for biological medicines will remain unchanged. The agreement will not increase the price of medicines in Australia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in a briefing, says the agreement create intellectual property opportunities for Australian businesses in the region.

Leaks of earlier drafts when the agreement was being negotiated raised the prospect of significant penalties for those caught sharing copyright material online, such as movies or books, and forcing internet service providers to take action against customers.

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