As TPP is signed in Auckland casino, campaigners vow “final battle” to prevent massive deal being ratified
February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has just been signed by Trade Ministers representing 12 TPP nations encompassing over 40% of the global economy. A wide range of experts have warned that the TPP’s intellectual property chapter will undermine digital rights, restrict online freedom of expression, and cause billions in economic damage.
Today’s signing ceremony, which took place in Auckland’s Sky City Casino, does not mean the TPP has come into force; that will require at least 6 nations, including the U.S. and Japan, to formally ratify it. Digital rights group OpenMedia is vowing to wage nation-by-nation campaigns to safeguard Internet freedom and prevent the TPP ever coming into force.
“The TPP is an extreme deal that will censor the Web, criminalize our online activities, and cost us money,” says Meghan Sali, Digital Rights Specialist with OpenMedia. “A casino is a fitting backdrop for industry lobbyists and government bureaucrats to gamble away our digital future. That said, this deal still needs to be ratified, so today really marks the start of the final stage of our campaign to reject the TPP once and for all. Millions are speaking out, and we won’t let their voices be ignored.”
Key criticisms of the TPP intellectual property chapter’s impact on digital rights include:
It forces all 12 TPP nations to adopt harsh U.S.-style copyright rules, including an economically damaging extension of copyright terms to life-of-creator plus 70 years. (source: Prof. Michael Geist)
Its restrictive Digital Rights Management (DRM) provisions will hamper innovation, cause people to lose autonomy over their own devices, and make it harder for new artists to remix and create new works. (source: EFF)
Its impact on the digital economy will mean fewer jobs and greater inequality, and will cause the TPP’s two largest economies — the U.S. and Japan — to shrink as a result of the deal. (source: Tufts University)
Following today’s signing ceremony, OpenMedia is urging citizens across the world to speak up at https://act.openmedia.org/finalbattle
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