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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Trump and software freedom

From: John Rooke
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Trump and software freedom
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:24:20 +0100
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Hi Leah,

On 15/09/18 17:30, Leah Rowe wrote:

Good thing we're leaving the EU next year.

I'm afraid its not so simple. The Directive may well pass into law before 29th of March next year, in which case it will automatically be transferred into post-Brexit law also. Fortunately, we will have another opportunity to amend it when it returns the European Parliament, probably in December.

Even if we do leave before it becomes law, we will not be out of the woods. We will be positioned between the two major trading blocks of North America and Europe, trying to make deals with both of them. They will both demand restrictions on software freedom and the Government seems unlikely to object. So we could end up with the worst of both worlds.

The problem with Brexit as it is currently developing is that the Government is attempting remove the little democratic control that we have over the trade negotiation process. In addition to resisting the Copyright Directive, we need to campaign for more trade democracy, not less, so that we can have a chance of resisting these attacks. Currently, the Trade Bill is being discussed in the House of Lords; please take action to persuade them to demand trade democracy <https://tradeactionblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/fight-for-trade-democracy>.


John Rooke

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