US - Australia Free Trade Agreement

UNESCO convention: final text (UNESCO - Final Text.pdf)

The version of the text of the UNESCO convention that will be submitted to the General Assembly in the fall of 2005. This is not an official version from UNESCO but was prepared by the British delegat

NOSSA MÍDIA NÃO ESTÁ A VENDA (omn4s_text_pt.rtf by Pablo Ortellado (trad.))


"Livre Comércio" vs. Imprensa Livre
Como consequência do colapso do encontro mundial de comércio da OMC, em
Cancún, ministros de finanças estão se esforçando para aprovar acordos

US State Department public briefing on the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity (US State Dept UNESCO briefing.rtf by Sasha Costanza-Chock and Frannie Wellings)

Friday, April 15. The briefers were Jane Cowley, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State with Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts and Robert Martin, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, who were leaders of the negotiating delegation. The briefing took place at The Old Post Office Building, in the President's Council on Arts and Humanities room (Room 520), 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The Recent Free Trade Agreements of the United States as Illustrations of Their New Strategy Regarding the Audiovisual Sector (bernier - recent FTAs and AV sector.pdf by Ivan Bernier)

Submitted by sasha on September 16, 2004.Bilateral FTAs | CAFTA | English | USAUSFTA | WTO

This is an excellent article that carefully describes the impact of 5 recent US free trade agreements on cultural industries in the affected countries. The gist of it is that US trade strategy is shifting: USTR may be willing to make concessions to countries that want to require local content or ownership in 'traditional' AV sector, ie film and radio; however, no such requirements will be allowed in the category of 'electronic commmerce.' This is because USTR (and MPAA) expect all cultural content (films, television, music) to be transmitted digitally in the near future.

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