Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce agreement reached, posing serious threat to global Internet users
By OpenMedia | 5 October 2015
Largest and most secretive agreement in the world’s history covers 40% of global trade and contains provisions to censor the Internet and rob the public domain
October 5, 2015 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached today comes as the result of over five years of negotiations and poses an extreme threat to free expression online.
Although the full text of the deal won’t be available for a month, recent leaks of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter show Canada faces an overhaul of copyright legislation, including: 20 year copyright term extensions, new provisions that would allow ISPs to block websites due to alleged infringement, and new criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks and rights management information. . . .
After five years of secrecy, TPP bureaucrats just finalized this extreme global agreement. If implemented, the TPP will censor the Web, criminalize our online activities, and cost Internet users money.
We’re running out of time. Raise a loud global call NOW and demand that Trade Ministers release the full text before TPP countries implement this dangerous pact once and for all.