Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reddit Ask Me Anything: OpenMedia.CA and Allies Talk About TPP And Similar Agreements

OpenMedia.CA's AMA on The Trans Pacific Partnership took place today to give people a chance to come together and both ask and answer questions about the agreement often refered to as SOPA 2.0. The begining of the AMA puts it very well;

" So, please explain what the TPP is and why it is bad?"

" The TPP (which stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership) is a multi-nation trade deal that seeks, among other things, to rewrite the global rules on intellectual property enforcement. Those rules would likely supersede the rules of any participating nation.

One of the main problems with the TPP is that it's being negotiated behind closed doors. But from leaked documents, we know that the TPP would give Big Media new powers to lock users out of our own content and services, provide new liabilities that might force ISPs to police our online activity, and give giant media companies even greater powers to shut down websites and remove content at will. It also encourages ISPs to block accused infringers’ Internet access, and could force ISPs to hand over our private information to big media conglomerates without appropriate privacy safeguards.

*There's a bunch more info on the campaign page site (including the footnotes)."





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