Canadian officials will finish up a round of trade talks in Singapore this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Meetings are taking place March 4-13 with negotiators from member countries Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam, as well as 300 stakeholders from academia, labour unions, companies, and non-governmental organizations, the United States Trade Representative said on its website. U.S. digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said on its website last week that it is concerned the TPP contains an intellectual property chapter that would “ratchet up IP enforcement at the expense of digital rights” and include measures to “turn Internet Service Providers into copyright cops, prompt ever-higher criminal and civil penalties for sharing content, and expand protections for Digital Rights Management.” In a consultation last year, the U.S. International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) identified copyright law and Canadian content broadcasting regulations as trade barriers that should be addressed in the TPP. On Monday, TPP negotiators discussed “intellectual property, non-conforming measures and cross-border trade in services, rules of origin, and sanitary and phytosanitary issues,” the USTR said in a post on its TPP blog. The Canadian government says that, through the trade agreement, it wants to raise its Canadian goods exports to TPP members, which in 2011 reached $340.8 billion, more than 76 per cent of Canada’s global goods exports.