Monday, April 29, 2013

What Is TPP? It's the Biggest Global Threat to the Internet Since ACTA

Katitza Rodriguez and Maira Sutton

The United States and ten governments from around the Pacific are meeting yet again to hash out the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) on May 15-24 in Lima, Peru. The TPP is one of the worst global threats to the Internet since ACTA. Since the negotiations have been secretive from the beginning, we mainly know what's in the current version of this trade agreement because of a leaked draft [PDF] from February 2011. Based upon that text, some other leaked notes, and the undemocratic nature of the entire process, we have every reason to be alarmed about the copyright enforcement provisions contained in this multinational trade deal.

The TPP is likely to export some of the worst features of U.S. copyright law to Pacific Rim countries: a broad ban on breaking digital locks on devices and creative works (even for legal purposes), a minimum copyright term of the lifetime of the creator plus seventy years (the current international norm is the lifetime plus fifty years), privatization of enforcement for copyright infringement, ruinous statutory damages with no proof of actual harm, and government seizures of computers and equipment involved in alleged infringement. Moreover, the TPP is worst than U.S. copyright rules: it does not export the many balances and exceptions that favor the public interest and act as safety valves in limiting rightsholders’ protection. Adding insult to injury, the TPP's temporary copies provision will likely create chilling effects on how people and companies behave online and their basic ability to use and create on the Web.

The stated goal of the TPP is to unite the Pacific Rim countries by harmonizing tariffs and trade rules between them, but in reality, it's much more than that. The "intellectual property" chapter in this massive trade agreement will likely force changes to copyright and patent rules in each of the signatory countries. Accepting these new rules will not just re-write national laws, but will also restrict the possibility for countries to introduce more balanced copyright laws in the future. This strategy may end up harming other countries' more proportionate laws such as Chile, where a judicial order is required for ISPs to be held liable for copyright infringement and take down content. Such systems better protect users and intermediaries from disproportionate or censorship-driven takedowns. If the final TPP text forces countries to adopt a privatize notice and takedown regime, this could imply the end of the Chilean system. It would also undermine canada's notice-notice regime.
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The content industry can and will continue to buy and lie to get their way to get laws that protects their interests, and what they want more than anything is for us to remain passively ignorant. They did it with SOPA, ACTA, and now it's TPP [ESP]. It's going to be a challenge to defeat these policies, but we can do it. The TPP is slated for conclusion this October, but our goal is to get the worst of these copyright provisions out of it. The way to fight back is to show that we will not put up with this: to demand an open transparent process that allows everyone, including experts from civil society members, to analyze, question, and probe any initiatives to regulate the Internet. The secrecy must be stopped once and for all.

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Below is our infographic highlighting the most problematic aspects of TPP. Please spread the word about how this agreement will impact you and your country. Right-click and save the image for the PNG file, or you can download the PDF version below. Remix it, build upon it, and get the word out. Let's protect and defend the Internet from this secret trade deal.


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Anonymous said...

This is more Nazi Fascism by the Nazi Fascists in Washington and around the world.
I know Osmabama the Fraud is not this smart, who in the hell continues all these attacks upon the US and the world?
Bilderberg, that is who controls the world? UNLESS?? The world rises up and takes action top Destroy These Cancers!!

Anonymous said...

Awww guys, haven't you seen it already? We're talking a timeline of generations here, not the 5 or 10 year forecast that the media peddles. Mainland USA and most of europe have already been gutted, the middle east is in the process, pacific is the next shop to open and most of the dastardly rules are in place and.... the orientals are the next enemy.
By the time tptb are finished in the pacific it'll be africa or russia in the cross hairs, they don't care who's watching now because they own the money, if there's not enough money for this years subversion then print some more, or reset the financial computers to make paupers of everyone in exchange for raffle tickets (or some such...) does cyprus ring any bells?
The real estate grubs will sell the same property again and again for their cut, the beaurecrats will make sure you always don't have enough land to build on which you'll never own anyway(or anything else except toys and trinkets to keep you distracted and amused short term).
If thing are looking too prosperous then let's have a war to destroy it all so all the new resources can be gobbled up repairing it rather than building on what is already there, that way there will always be poor people ready to do anything, even without morals, for their next feed.
The human is just another animal, albeit a little bit smarter, that can be taught to do anything if gotten to early enough (our illustrious education system)
But then, I'm just bitter and twisted needing medication and can't understand why :)

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