Trans Pacific Partnership Could Bring Huge New Restrictions to the Internet


The Trans Pacific Partnership – more commonly referred to as the ‘Asian Trade Deal’ has just been signed, and like most agreements that we never seem to hear about until they are a ‘done deal’, contains hidden language that benefits corporations, and not necessarily US corporations.

According to the UK publication the Independent, (we in the US often have to go to the UK media to find out what our government is up to)
one part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal corporate wrongdoing “through a computer system”. Others require that online content providers — such as YouTube and Facebook — must take down content if they receive just one complaint, as they are in the US, which will be harmful for startups since they will be required to have the resources to respond to every complaint.

The changes could also lead to huge new rules about surveillance.

“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,” wrote Katitza Rodriguez and Maira Sutton.

“Under this TPP proposal, Internet Service Providers could be required to “police” user activity (i.e. police YOU), take down internet content, and cut people off from internet access for common user-generated content,” write Expose The TPP, a campaign group opposing the agreement.

The agreement has been made in secret and will not be fully published publicly for years.


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