Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?
Final text includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, and force Canada to import U.S.-style copyright rules
“Today’s release of the full TPP text confirms our worst fears,” said Josh Tabish, OpenMedia’s Campaigns Manager. “For years we’ve warned that the excessive secrecy around the TPP would lead to an agreement that ignored Internet users, artists, and creators in favour of laws that benefit only the giant media conglomerates. The last government traded away our digital future during TPP negotiations – now it’s up to Justin Trudeau to decide whether he’ll implement this bad deal, or actually take a stand for Canadians.”
Because the previous government agreed to the TPP in the middle of an election campaign, the deal still needs to be ratified by Canada’s new Parliament before it can be brought into force.
With Canadians from a wide range of backgrounds speaking out against the deal, it’s shaping up as one of the most controversial items on the new government’s agenda. Professor Michael Geist has estimated that the copyright extension alone will cost the Canadian economy well over $100 million a year.
Canadians are calling on the government to reject the TPP’s Internet censorship plan at https://StopTheSecrecy.net/Canada
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