Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Click here: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”

What are they referring to? Here are a few facts about the TPP. It:

  • Empowers multinational corporations to sue foreign or domestic governments in a special court if their profits are deemed to be impeded by concerns such as the protection of eco-systems.

  • Extends patents to further benefit pharmaceutical companies to the detriment of generics and consumers.

  • Forces Internet providers to “filter” all communications in search of copyright infringements with the power to censor sites that are alleged to be involved. This would be the next attempt (after CISPA, SOPA and PIPA) to put the Internet under corporate rule.

  • Creates Supra-national powers that override national laws and constitutions.