UltraDavid on the leaked secret copyright treaties: --Some countries want more protection for geographical indications, which are rights to names based on location (like how sparkling wine is only "champagne" if it's from Champagne France). The US seems not to really care about this. --It provides for a big increase in the kinds of things that can be patented in ways that could harm the pace of innovation, consumers, and smaller companies. Newly patentable things would include plants, animals, biological processes, video game rules, *methods of mental processes*, software itself, artwork, books, and more. The US already allows some of these, but other countries don't, and nobody allows patents for some of them. --There's a way to re-patent already known or previously patented stuff as long as you claim the stuff has a new use. The US also wants standards for granting patents to be relaxed a bit compared to many countries' current requirements and patent terms to be made effectively longer by not counting long delays between when the patent was first filed and when it was granted (which can take years in some cases) toward the total patent term. --There are some reasons for a country to not allow a patent to be used (aka exploited), like dire health circumstances, but not, as it says, "merely because the exploitation is prohibited by their law." --Penalties for many kinds of copyright infringement and circumvention of technological protections like DRM would be increased. Some of these rules would require countries to install penalties like the US currently has, while others criminalize and penalize more severely than anyone currently does. --If the US gets its way, internet service providers will be on the hook to some degree for copyright infringement engaged in by their users and will be legally incented to work with copyright owners to deter infringement. Other countries oppose this. http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/1qj6xd/wikileaks_releases_the_secret_negotiated_draft/cddnaqb The bolded part is a big WTF (I looked it up - it's legit). Basically someone can patent certain methods of teaching and instruction. Imagine not being able to do long division because your school couldn't afford the royalty fees associated with teaching you how to do it.