Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order.

As TPP is signed in Auckland casino, campaigners vow “final battle” to prevent massive deal being ratified

February 3rd, 2016
Experts warn that extreme TPP intellectual property rules will cost Canadian economy billions, undermine digital rights, and restrict freedom of expression online

European Commission’s decision to exclude citizens’ feedback from its own public consultation will undermine trust in EU institutions

January 27th, 2016
Over 10,000 individually-written responses to the Commission’s consultation on the role of online platforms ignored in Commission’s initial analysis, including over 2500 from EU citizens 

Final TPP text reveals serious threats to Internet freedom

November 5th, 2015
For Immediate Release Agreement includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, undermine data privacy, and force TPP countries to import draconian copyright rules November 5, 2015 – Over a month since a deal was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been revealed. The text, published today by the New Zealand government, will force the 12 participating TPP nations to import draconian copyright rules. It also threatens to undermine data privacy, rob the public domain, and induce Internet providers to censor websites.

WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens global Internet freedom

October 9th, 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 October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after the 12 participating TPP countries finalized the agreement. 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:

Elizabeth May becomes first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s pro-Internet Action Plan

September 15th, 2015
Digital rights group is calling on all political parties and candidates to endorse pro-Internet plan crowdsourced from over 250,000 Canadians

OpenMedia criticizes police push for warrantless access to private Internet subscriber data

August 25th, 2015
OpenMedia criticizes police push for warrantless access to private Internet subscriber data

Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide

October 16th, 2014
October 16, 2014 – This morning Wikileaks published a second leaked draft of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The draft confirms people’s worst fears about Internet censorship. That’s according to community-based organization OpenMedia, which is leading a large international Fair Deal Coalition aimed at securing balanced copyright rules for the 21st Century. “It is hugely disappointing to see that, yet again, members of the public worldwide have to be informed about these critical issues through leaked drafts, instead of through democratic engagement on the part of governments and elected officials,” said OpenMedia Campaigns Coordinator Meghan Sali. “When will our decision-makers recognize that negotiating serious issues - especially proposals that would censor our use of the Internet - must be considered and debated democratically instead of in secret meetings with industry lobbyists?”
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