Image for Yahoo News: Could your Halloween costume be illegal next year because of the TPP?
Avatar image of OpenMedia
United States International Free & Open Internet

Yahoo News: Could your Halloween costume be illegal next year because of the TPP?

Experts are warning that Halloween costumes and cosplay are in the crosshairs of the TPP's extreme new copyright restrictions. Article by Aaron Broverman for Yahoo News Daily Brew Leaked drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP], specifically the chapters addressing copyright and intellectual property, reveal that the trade agreement may have dire consequences for those in particular fandom communities. If you enjoy cosplaying (the act of creating costumes and dressing up as favourite characters) or selling your own original art featuring licensed characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man or the Hulk at fan conventions and you live in one of the 12 countries who negotiated the TPP (including Canada), you may want to pay attention.

“If you're doing fan art that uses large amounts of the original source material and it's going online, that's the riskiest kind of stuff,” says Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to defending civil liberties in the digital world.

Read more at Yahoo News