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And this is what happens when agreements are negotiated in secret without and voice of the people: The worst bits of the DMCA, that many of us have been fighting to correct for nearly two decades, enshrined in an international treaty. Copyright terms are already far too long, DMCA-style rules inhibit innovation. These aspects alone will cement the gross imbalances we’ve had in our copyright laws, stifle economic development, and continue to deprive the United States of a thriving, growing culture.

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