Here We Go Again: Secretive TPP Agreement Worse Than ACTA and SOPA Combined

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Wed, Jul 11th, 2012 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Carolina Rossini, in this Electronic Frontier Foundation article, explains everything that's wrong with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a secretive, multi-nation trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property laws across the globe, combining the worse ACTA and SOPA has to offer and adding insanely punitive measures, including "criminal sanctions for copyright infringement that is done without a commercial motivation." And, unsurprisingly, the entire agreement is being worked on in secret with no mention of the corporate representatives pushing for its final approval.

The TPP agreement has been framed by the USTR as a 21st century agreement, but we're still not convinced it's an agreement adequate for 21st century society -- especially in an environment where the public, Congress, and civil rights organizations are denied access to the treaty's official text, while corporate representatives have full access to it. In a world where you can access the complete state code of Utah in Github to engage citizens in legislative drafting, secrecy and backroom deals are not exactly a 21st century way to build the 21st century society.

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