Update On The Secretive TPP

https://stopthesecrecy.net/

Over 3,148,520 people spoke out against fast tracking the secretive TPP, sending the U.S. Congress a message they can’t ignore!

Why You Should Care

TPP raises significant concerns about citizens’ freedom of expression, due process, innovation, the future of the Internet’s global infrastructure, and the right of soveriegn nations to develop policies and laws that best meet their domestic priorities.

In sum, the TPP puts at risk some of the most fundamental rights that enable access to knowledge for the world’s citizens.

The US Trade Rep is pursuing a TPP agreement that will require signatory counties to adopt heightened copyright protection that advances the agenda of the US entertainment and pharmaceutical industries agendas, but omits the flexibilities and exceptions that protect Internet users and technology innovators.

 

https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive agreement  which covers 40% of the global economy and will overwrite national laws affecting people around the world.3 

 

The worst of the TPP threatens everything we care about: democracy, jobs, health, the environment, and the Internet.  That’s why decision-makers are meeting in Asia under extreme secrecy and pushing ‘Fast Track’ laws to cement the plan into place. 

Details

(1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.

(2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.

The leaked US IP chapter includes many detailed requirements that are more restrictive than current international standards, and would require significant changes to other countries’ copyright laws. These include obligations for countries to:

 

This is no way to make decisions in the 21st century. 

Every voice added now will make the Stop The Secrecy petition projected on buildings in Washington D.C. right now bigger and brighter.  https://StopTheSecrecy.net 

Although it is called a
“free trade” agreement,
the TPP is not really
mainly about trade.
 
 
Of the TPP’s 29 draft chapters, only deal with traditional trade issues. Most would set rules on non-trade matters that affect our daily lives:
 
food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, job off-shoring, financial regulation, and more.

Our domestic policies 
would be required to 
comply with the TPP rules. 

More reading:

[1] Find more information on Internet censorship in the TPP from OurFairDeal.org and here.

Also see “TPP Creates Legal Incentives For ISPs To Police The Internet. What Is At Risk?” Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

[2] Leaked drafts of the Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Source: Wikileaks. Background on several issues pertaining to the TPP can be found on the Expose The TPP website and resources page.

[3] U.S. “Bullying” TPP Negotiators Amid Failure to Agree. Source: Inter Press Service News Agency.

*Note: The U.S. and the E.U. are already discussing a similar secretive agreement called “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)”. Once the TPP is finalized there will be pressure to harmonize and extend its provisions to TTIP — meaning the E.U. There are also reports of many others countries being added to the TPP once it is finalized.

 

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