As trade talks concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership continue into this week, so does discussion concerning the TPP's threats to free speech, Internet privacy and due process. With your assistance in responding to our OpenTheTPP.net campaign, we've already brought some of this discussion directly to trade representatives and negotiators in a push to open up the TPP to further public discourse.
Our coalition partners are rallying their voices as well, with the American Civil Liberties Union describing the TPP agreement as the "biggest threat to free speech and intellectual property that you've never heard of". Let's ensure that this secretive agreement is brought into the spotlight. Share your messages as part of our OpenTheTPP stream at OpenTheTPP.net and help inform family and friends of the dangers that are hidden within the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Aritcle by Carolina Rossini for EFF.org
ACLU: The TPP relates to the ACLU’s agenda of protecting free speech and privacy online, open government principles and ultimately protecting the Internet as the most open and innovative platform the world has seen. While strong regulations are necessary to protect IP and promote innovation online, these must be crafted carefully and in a fully transparent fashion. We are concerned that an overly broad policy to crackdown on copyright infringement would allow for the takedown of non-infringing content as well, in violation of the First Amendment, which was the same concern presented by SOPA and PIPA. We also have strong concerns over any provision that would create legal incentives for ISPs to step up surveillance of Internet communications in search of suspected copyright infringement, which would potentially endanger the privacy of users. We also believe that whole site takedowns pose serious due process concerns. Read more»