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Fight secret copyright deals: a global TPP teach-in

via Maira Sutton, Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation - www.eff.org

Hi there,

A lot has happened on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) front these past couple months. There was another major leak of a recent draft of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter that confirmed that many of the most extreme copyright provisions are still there, and in some cases, have even gotten worse. It also showed that it included some new harmful language on “trade secrets” that could be used to crack down on journalists.

The TPP could be finalized in the coming months, and things are moving fast. That’s why we’d like to invite you to a public, online teach-in to hear representatives from several digital rights groups based in TPP countries share their analysis of the latest leaked text, as well as to lay out the current state of play of the negotiations. We’ll make sure there’s time at the end for users to ask us questions.

When the time comes, we’ll need to be ready to fight this agreement on a global front. So please join us on Nov 19, and help us spread the word about how TPP poses a threat to users’ rights.

When: November 19, 2014, 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 5pm Chile / 7am Australia EST / 9am New Zealand

Where: Google Hangout and streamed on Youtube (link to livestream will be provided here on the day of the event)

Who: Members of the TPP Fair Deal Coalition, including Electronic Frontier Foundation (US), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Consumer NZ (New Zealand), Public Citizen (US)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


P.S. Make sure to check out some of our Fair Deal Coalition partners’ new TPP materials:

Internet Society statement regarding the TPP

The following statement was issued by ISOC:

Internet Society Expresses Concern over Impact of Intellectual
Property Rights Provisions in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
(TPP) Draft

18 November 2013

The Internet Society is concerned that the global Internet may be harmed if countries adopt Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) provisions contained in the recently leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) draft. We do not believe that these provisions are consistent with basic principles of transparency, due process, accountability, proportionality and the rule of law.

The leaked TPP Agreement is a complex set of rights and principles related to IPR and we believe that the current draft reflects a disproportionate balance of rights in favor of intellectual property owners. In addition to other issues, these provisions could also have important consequences for online privacy, a critical dimension in light of heightened awareness worldwide about the importance of protecting the privacy and security of end-users.

In particular, with respect to intermediary liability, some of the articles appear to assign new levels of responsibility to private entities and create an environment where content will be subject to extensive filtering. Some draft provisions would impose an unparalleled set of conditions on intermediaries that would allow them to escape liability and could ultimately lead to content blocking and affect legitimate speech and online expression.

Such measures are neither new nor original; they have appeared in similar forms in other national or international contexts. On the whole, these measures have proven to be inefficient or unworkable. They have failed to adequately address the stated problems or to provide sufficient answers to the existing challenges.

The Internet Society has advocated for intellectual property discussions to adhere to minimum standards of process and substance.  In June 2013, we released a paper in which we called on the international community to apply standards such as transparency, due process, accountability and compliance to the rule of law to all
intellectual property discussions that relate to the Internet. Similarly, we have been vocal in advancing these principles in various for a, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).

We also joined other organizations1 in a statement made in 2012, urging the negotiators of the TPP “to make [the] process more transparent and inclusive, following the multi-stakeholder model, at least for those chapters of the agreement pertaining to the Internet.”

Throughout this process, the Internet Society has taken the position of not commenting on substantive issues based on leaked texts. At the time, we understood that the leaked texts provided only a snapshot of
the issues while many provisions were omitted.

The most recent leak, released by Wikileaks, appears to be the complete draft of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter and has made us reconsider our position.

That we feel compelled to comment on leaked versions of the TPP demonstrates that these basic process standards have been ignored. In an era where the global economy depends on information and networks,
we believe that discussions that affect the Internet and its users should reflect these basic principles of transparency and openness.

Once again, the Internet Society calls upon the TPP negotiators to abide by standards of transparency as they complete this critical international agreement that will impact Internet users worldwide. We also urge the negotiating parties to reconsider the TPP’s intellectual property provisions and to ensure they don’t have a negative impact on
innovation, creativity, prosperity and market participation.

1 The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), InternetNZ, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Open Media, Global Voices Advocacy and the International Federation of Libraries and Archives (IFLA).


Late Notice.. Interesting Public Presentation Tomorrow

‘Hunting the Rogues and Breaking the Internet: a new front in the online copyright enforcement battle’

Associate Professor Kimberlee Weatherall (Sydney)

2-3.30pm, Friday 30 March, 2012
Rogers Room, Woolley Building (A20), University of Sydney — see map: http://db.auth.usyd.edu.au/directories/map/building.stm?location=12E


The Internet Blackout in January 2012 saw thousands of websites ‘go dark’ to protest proposed US laws designed to implement a ‘multisystem denial of service attack’ against alleged IP-infringing websites by making them both unfindable, and by cutting off any financial support. Within days, the laws – known as SOPA and PIPA – were effectively dead. But when and how did such laws even reach the stage of serious discussion?  This paper will look at what’s changed, and how and why regulating internet intermediaries and making them the internet ‘police’ has gradually become more acceptable to governments.

About the presenter:

Kimberlee Weatherall is an Associate Professor at the Sydney Law School (http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/staff/KimberleeWeatherall/). Prior to joining the School in 2012, Kimberlee held positions at the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia. Kimberlee teaches and researches in intellectual property law, with a particular interest in digital copyright, the relationship between international trade and intellectual property, and the systems for administration and enforcement of intellectual  property rights. She has been a member of the Law Council of Australia IP Subcommittee since 2006 and sits on the board of the Australian Digital Alliance and the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Media @ Sydney is presented by the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/
For further information, contact Lukasz Swiatek (lukasz.swiatek@sydney.edu.au) or Gerard Goggin (gerard.goggin@sydney.edu.au).