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Dragged Before a Judge Just for Clicking on the Wrong Link?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Our very own Reilly Yeo and Steve Anderson write about how the TPP's Internet trap would create a "world where you could receive a fine, and possibly be dragged before a judge, just for clicking on the wrong link and where big media companies could demand your private online information."

We're working on a plan to scale up our campaign. Let us know if you have any ideas or input.

RNZFB: The TPP will make life worse for people with disabilities

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

According to the The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind the TPP’s Internet trap will make life worse for people with disabilities. It’s amazing that the lobbyists behind the deal can sleep at night. We have to stop them.

Press Release from the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind:

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) supports the launch of the Fair Deal cause to highlight the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its implications on copyright.

New Zealand pushes back against TPP agreement; calls for a “fair deal”

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Momentum is building for the StopTheTrap.net campaign, as new initiatives are being launched to oppose the criminalizing and invasive provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. One of our international coalition partners, InternetNZ, launched a campaign this week called Fair Deal, which draws attention to potential changes to New Zealand copyright law that would be forced by the TPP.

The idea behind copyright is to allow creators to profit from their works, providing incentive to continue creating and innovating. But overly-strict copyright law is often used to ensure that Big Media conglomerates can profit from existing works, and this can end up limiting innovation. For copyright to be fair, a balance has to be struck between creators’ rights, and users’ access to information and freedom of expression.

Declare your Internet freedom

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

OpenMedia has joined with tens of thousands of people and organizations around the world to sign on to the Internet Freedom Declaration. If we hope to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet, it's crucial that we develop a positive vision for a connected future. We've been working with all of you in the pro-internet community to develop such a vision and this declaration seems like a great next step to take together. Let's push back when lobbyists try to restrict Internet freedom, and let's chart our own citizen-centered path forward.

Software Innovator Don Christie: There's Very Little To Protect Us

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Don Christie is a technological innovator who recently spoke of dangers that the TPP poses to the interests of both consumers and businesses alike. In an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Christie speaks of more costs to innovation in the tech industry and the ongoing TPP negotiation process that may see additional confining stipulations to everyday users.

Large petition against TPP’s Internet trap hand-delivered to negotiations in San Diego

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Broad coalition confronts TPP negotiations armed with over 90,000-strong StopTheTrap.net petition

July 7, 2012 – Organizations and people belonging to the StopTheTrap.net Coalition delivered 90,000+ signatures from around the world to Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations Friday, arguing that the trade agreement’s Internet restriction provisions would create an “Internet trap”. The StopTheTrap.net Coalition represents a diverse range of organizations and people committed to standing against the TPP's extreme intellectual property restrictions.

Shortly after 12:00 PM PT Friday over one-thousand pages of petition signatures were delivered at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, where TPP negotiations have been taking place since Monday. The handoff was backed by StopTheTrap.net Coalition members—including legal and policy experts and supporters from Public Knowledge, Public Citizen, SumOfUs, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Infojustice: TPP negotiators are trying to shut you out

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Groups from the StopTheTrap.net coalition are on the ground in San Diego as trade reps discuss the restrictive intellectual property aspects of the TPP—the Internet trap. But TPP negotiators aren't making it easy for us to bring your voices to the table. This is unacceptable. Decisions about whether you could be fined for your Internet use should not be made in ways that are secretive, extreme, and anti-democratic.

It’s time to amplify our voice against the TPP’s Internet Trap

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

This week, negotiations are taking place behind closed doors to create the TPP’s Internet trap criminalizing our day-to-day use of the Internet through expensive fines.1

You and over 80,000 others around the world pushed back by signing the StopTheTrap.net petition. Yet the list of TPP lobbyists is also growing; over 600 from telecom, media, and other conglomerates are privy to these secret negotiations.2 We need the entire pro-Internet community to push back against the TPP’s Internet trap.

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