When the Time Comes We’ll Need to Step Up the Fight Against TPP’s Secret, Anti-User Agenda

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EFF.orgIf you missed our live teach-in yes­ter­day on the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) agree­ment and its restric­tive, anti-user pro­vi­sions, you can still check out the video of our dis­cus­sion. It’s embed­ded below. We invit­ed experts from dig­i­tal rights groups from sev­er­al TPP countries—all mem­bers of the Fair Deal Coali­tion—and we dis­cussed the var­i­ous ways this mas­sive, secret trade deal threat­ens our rights on the Inter­net and over our dig­i­tal devices.

A recent leak of the TPP’s Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty chap­ter con­firmed that the pro­vi­sions on anti-cir­cum­ven­tion, copy­right terms, ISP lia­bil­i­ty, and crim­i­nal enforce­ment has fur­ther dete­ri­o­rat­ed. But it also revealed new, dan­ger­ous­ly vague text on the mis­use of trade secrets which could be used to enact harsh crim­i­nal pun­ish­ments against any­one who reveals or even access­es infor­ma­tion through a “com­put­er sys­tem” that is alleged­ly con­fi­den­tial. This lan­guage could have alarm­ing con­se­quences if nations are oblig­at­ed to enact new laws that could be used to crack down on jour­nal­ists and whis­tle blow­ers.

We held this teach-in because things are mov­ing fast now. Pres­i­dent Oba­ma and the US Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive are deter­mined to con­clude this agree­ment, orga­niz­ing dozens of meet­ings with TPP del­e­gates to resolve some of the long­stand­ing dis­agree­ments in the text. On the US front, Con­gress is like­ly to intro­duce anoth­er Fast Track bill in Jan­u­ary that would tie these rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ own hands from debat­ing or mod­i­fy­ing the terms of this agree­ment after the White House has secre­tive­ly nego­ti­at­ed it for years.

When the time comes, we’ll need to step up the fight against this agree­ment on a coor­di­nat­ed, glob­al front. So watch this video, share it, and con­tin­ue to spread the world about this secret, Hol­ly­wood-dri­ven agen­da to chip away at our dig­i­tal rights.

 
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