The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the latest in a long line of international agreements seeking to resolve and reduce intellectual property and other legal, political, and trade issues between nations. The copyright section provides for a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years. This is consistent with US law, but would be longer than allowed by some partnership countries. With trade -- particularly trade in intellectual property content -- becoming more integrated and seamless, the increasing harmonization of domestic intellectual property laws can provide for more effective trade and protection with fewer barriers created by mismatched legal rules. However, the rules still need to provide for balance between users' and producers' rights.
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