The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement currently being negotiated in secret by the United States and ten other countries.
Leaked language from the agreement’s intellectual property chapter has been worrisome enough—and the public has no idea what is in the latest official draft, or even what the U.S. Trade Representative is pushing for in this agreement. There has been zero transparency in a process that is being pushed to the finish.
What’s worse is that the people who do have access to TPP’s official language are the same content industry executives that tried pushing through harmful laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. The rest of us will continue to be kept in the dark unless we speak up now.
Join us in demanding an end to these backroom negotiations.
Lobbyists and officials from twelve countries, including the US, are currently bickering over the details of this massive international “free trade” treaty. They are creating the TPP to strongly promote Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and enforce draconian copyright law, which will hinder free software development.
Similar to 2012’s SOPA and PIPA, TPP would likely entrench the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) measures that make it a crime to circumvent DRM, even when circumvention is done for non-commercial purposes. It would also export this criminalization to other countries with less onerous DRM policies. But that’s not all: it would restrict fair use, lengthen copyright terms, and regulate the temporary copies of media that computers make, in a way that our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have called “out of touch with the realities of the modern computer.”
All of these restrictions would make it much harder for free software applications to interface with media and the Internet, chilling free software development and use.
Facing opposition, President Obama is attempting to bypass the US’s standard approval process for treaties and unilaterally ram through the TPP, in a process known as a “fast track.” Today (Wednesday, January 29th), the FSF is joining the diverse StopFastTrack coalition in urging our US supporters to simultaneously take action against this.
–—>>>>If you can vote in the United States, please take five minutes to call your representatives and tell them you oppose the fast track because TPP would promote Digital Restrictions Management and hinder free software development. The StopFastTrack Web site will connect you automatically.
Because it’s widely known as the TPP, (and because of its generally low moral worth) some have referred the agreement as the “Toilet Paper Protocol.” We think this is apt. But with toilet paper, the labels at least allow you some degree of information about what you’re getting. TPP, however, is being negotiated almost entirely behind closed doors, in chambers populated by lobbyists and government officials, but empty of journalists.Most of the information we have about this utterly undemocratic deal comes from leaked documents.
TPP focuses on more than just copyright and DRM — it is a giant mess of things that lobbyists couldn’t get passed through more democratic channels. That’s part of the reason that people from so many different groups and walks of life are coming together to oppose it.
See on action.eff.org