Can anyone else recall similar practices, albeit in different venues? The U.S. (and everyone else) wants to do for intellectual property what Britain did for Earth during the 16th - 19th centuries, control it. (Britain ruled roughly 1/5 of the Earth's population) The recent moves by US, UN, Britain, and (speculation) China are power grabs for the newest financial tool, intellectual property. The best part is IP, as a concept, is not a tool of financial gain, it is a tool of creation and a safe guard of innovation. Meanwhile, the common man is kept in the dark intellectually and financially. Ironically and paradoxically, the largest potential capital of a nation is simultaneously the biggest threat to the established regime. The people of every nation have the ability to act collectively and pursue any goal. The government has the task of incentivising cooperation while minimizing criticism and collaboration. These become increasingly difficult the further divergent a government is from the governed.
TLDR: Business as usual, governments making power grabs.