Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce “agreement in principle” posing serious threat to global Internet users
Largest and most secretive agreement in the world’s history covers 40% of global trade and contains provisions to censor
the Internet and rob the public domain
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached today comes as the result of over five years of negotiations and poses
an extreme threat to free expression online, and poses an extreme threat to free expression online.
Although the full text of the deal won’t be available for a month, recent leaks of the Intellectual Property chapter
shows participating countries face copyright overhauls, including: copyright term extensions, new provisions that would
allow ISPs to block websites due to alleged infringement, and new criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital
locks and rights management information.
“Internet users around the world should be very concerned about this ultra-secret pact,” said OpenMedia’s Digital Rights
Specialist Meghan Sali. “What we’re talking about here is global Internet censorship. It will criminalize our online
activities, censor the Web, and cost everyday users money. This deal would never pass with the whole world watching –
that’s why they’ve negotiated it in total secrecy.”
National governments can sign the TPP now, but most countries require a formal vote from legislators before the
agreement can be ratified and brought into force. Details remain unclear as to when experts and the public will be able
to perform a full analysis of the text and what it means for Internet users.
However, under Trade Promotion Authority, U.S. President Barack Obama has committed to releasing the text for public
scrutiny 60 days before a final vote in Congress. Despite pressure to complete the deal by the end of the year, analysts
suggest that at this late stage the TPP will be impossible to ratify until 2016.