First came SOPA and PIPA, but now internet-liberty advocates — such as hacktivist group Anonymous — warn that a new measure, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be the next affront to a free web.
The org tweeted this morning a rally to stop the TPP, which is currently being negotiated in Hollywood.
The free-trade agreement — now discussed by nine nations including the U.S. — is said to include rules on intellectual property that would make participating countries adopt “copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,” according to the Electric Frontier Foundation.
Writes the EFF: “The TPP will rewrite the global rules on IP enforcement. All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the agreement.”
Anonymous says that the purported IP protections would deal an even bigger blow to open speech on the net than SOPA or PIPA, writing: “SOPA/PIPA < ACTA < #TPP," and calling it the "ACTA’s big brother.”
In a tweet this morning, @techdirt says, “Hollywood Gets To Party With TPP Negotiators; Public Interest Groups Get Thrown Out Of Hotel.”
The website reports: “Various civil society groups were planning to hold an open meeting about TPP in the same hotel where the negotiations were being held (in Hollywood, of course). However, it appears that once the (US Trade Representative) found out about this, it got the hotel to cancel the group’s reservation at the hotel.”
News of an anti-TPP movement comes on the heels of recent protests about internet censorship. Twitter has come under fire about a new tool that allows the microblogging site to preemptively censor tweets in countries with speech restrictions.
And just a few weeks ago, thousands of websites went offline for a day to protest SOPA and PIPA — prompting Congress to junk the measures.
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