WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens global Internet freedom
October 9, 2015
Confirmed: 20-year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks
Internet freedom group OpenMedia warns that the leak confirms Internet advocates greatest fears, including: new provisions that would induce Internet Service Providers to block websites without a court ruling, 20-year copyright term extensions, and new criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks. Reacting to the leak, OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Meghan Sali had this to say:
“TPP countries are going to see their democratically-created laws over-written in favour of laws that benefit giant, media conglomerates and censor the Internet,” Sali said. “There’s no doubt that this will lead to an Internet that is more policed and expensive for users everywhere. They’ve traded away our digital future behind closed doors, after absolutely zero consultation.”
A statement released days ago by the New Zealand government, estimates the cost of copyright term extension for everyday New Zealanders at $55 million a year. Elsewhere, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law Michael Geist suggests the cost to Canadians could be to the tune of hundreds of millions per year.
Throughout the TPP negotiations, OpenMedia has led a community of 3 million people opposing the TPP’s Internet censorship provisions, delivered citizen voices directly to TPP negotiators, led light projection demonstrations in Washington, DC, and initiated a dozens of other campaigns to raise awareness of the agreements extreme secrecy. The group is calling for the full text to be made available to as soon as possible.
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