I am not sure how I missed this story, I didn’t see it until Slashdot picked it up. Michael Geist describes two cases where the US pretty blatantly is using other components of trade agreements to force the issue of intellectual property normalization. This is definitely part of a larger trend, that developing nations eventually have to accept the conventions adopted by developed nations with regards to intellectual property enforcement.
My read of that trend has always been that it is usually triggered by a developing nation growing to the point where it enters markets where IP normalization is more critical. Entertainment and software would be the most common of such markets. In the case of Costa Rica, the copyright reforms being pushed by the US certainly seem premature in terms of where that country’s economy is focused. Worse it may curb the local education system, a key enabler to entering into IP based markets in the first place. Draw your own conclusions about what that may say about interfering with naturally arising competition in a global market.