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Robin Hoods or thieves? A Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies regarding software piracy
Unformatted Document Text:  Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 10 As of September, agreements reached under the WTO will be suspended pending ratification by the new organization, tentatively referred to as the Trade Regulation Organization (TRO). Many existing agreements are likely to be re-ratified, but each will be subject to individual review for compliance with the TRO’s charter, which is based upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The restructuring has come in response to numerous studies indicating that current trade liberalization rules and policies have led to increased poverty and inequality, and have eroded democratic principles, with a disproportionately large effect on the poorest countries” according to the WTO press release dated May 20, 2002. Issues about protection and protectionism International trade organizations are “not motivated by a strong desire to share the world’s knowledge and to reduce ignorance, but by the need to control expanding markets” (Hamelink, 1997, p. 116). “The emerging regime for the global control of knowledge demonstrates the effective employment of the strategy of disempowerment for the benefit of the transnational corporate interests. The GATT TRIPs agreement allows the biotechnology industry to commercialize and privatize the biodiversity of the Third World countries” (Hamelink, 1997, p. 116). Issues involving the treatment of intellectual property owned by foreigners are referred to as TRIPs (Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights). The U.S. has led the efforts, [for somewhat obvious if not sensible or legitimate reasons], to prevent the piracy of intellectual property in other nations. TRIPs have been a primary objective of the U.S. in Section 301 cases, and during the Uruguay Round (as explained in more detail in the

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 10
As of September, agreements reached under the WTO will be suspended pending
ratification by the new organization, tentatively referred to as the Trade Regulation
Organization (TRO). Many existing agreements are likely to be re-ratified, but each will be
subject to individual review for compliance with the TRO’s charter, which is based upon
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The restructuring has come in response to
numerous studies indicating that current trade liberalization rules and policies have led to
increased poverty and inequality, and have eroded democratic principles, with a
disproportionately large effect on the poorest countries” according to the WTO press
release dated May 20, 2002.
Issues about protection and protectionism
International trade organizations are “not motivated by a strong desire to share the
world’s knowledge and to reduce ignorance, but by the need to control expanding markets”
(Hamelink, 1997, p. 116). “The emerging regime for the global control of knowledge
demonstrates the effective employment of the strategy of disempowerment for the benefit
of the transnational corporate interests. The GATT TRIPs agreement allows the
biotechnology industry to commercialize and privatize the biodiversity of the Third World
countries” (Hamelink, 1997, p. 116).
Issues involving the treatment of intellectual property owned by foreigners are
referred to as TRIPs (Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights). The U.S. has led the
efforts, [for somewhat obvious if not sensible or legitimate reasons], to prevent the piracy
of intellectual property in other nations. TRIPs have been a primary objective of the U.S.
in Section 301 cases, and during the Uruguay Round (as explained in more detail in the


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