This week's leak of country-by-country positions
on a Trans Pacific Partnership included a notable reference to the
inclusion of a cultural exception. Canada stands with a slight majority
in seeking a cultural exception that would presumably exclude the
cultural industries (broadcast, audio-visual, music, books, etc.) from
the ambit of key TPP provisions such as foreign investment restrictions
or other legislated forms of cultural protections. Other supporters of a
cultural exception include Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brunei,
Malaysia, and Vietnam. Opponents include the U.S., Peru, Mexico,
Singapore, and Japan.
The emergence of the cultural exception issue is interesting because
U.S. lobby groups were specifically concerned with the prospect that
Canada would pursue an exception if admitted into the TPP negotiations.
For example, the IIPA (which represents the major music, movie, and
software lobby groups) stated the following in January 2012 with respect to the possible admission of Canada into the TPP:
TagsShareTuesday December 10, 2013