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    The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has released on Friday the final version of the intellectual property (IP) rights chapter of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The website added that the IP Chapter of the TPP “has perhaps been the most controversial chapter due to its wide-ranging effects on internet services, medicines, publishers, civil liberties and biological patents.”

    “Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter,” WikiLeaks’ press release said.

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    On Monday, the successful conclusion of the TPP free trade talks was announced by trade ambassadors from the participating countries of the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

    After years of secret negotiations, the TPP agreement is expected to introduce deregulated and streamlined trade between the member states.

    There has been considerable opposition to the free trade deal from international organizations and lawmakers, who have criticized the TPP’s secrecy during negotiations, its apparent favoring of multinational corporations and its exclusion of BRICS countries.

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