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EFF, Reddit and others unite to fight the Trans Pacific Partnership

Groups take up a collective pen
Thu Jul 10 2014, 09:33

A HUGE COLLECTION of firms and organisations have written letters of protest that highlight problems with copyright regulation in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP).

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has already opposed the agreement, said that it is taking part in the campaign because it is one of the few ways that dissenting organisations can raise issues with the TPP, an agreement with US president Obama's support.

"The TPP, although characterized as a free trade agreement, is actually far broader in its intended scope. Amongst many changes to which it could require the twelve negotiating countries to agree are a slate of increased rights and privileges for copyright rights holders," said the EFF.

"With no official means of participating in the negotiations, the global community of users and innovators who will be affected by these proposed changes have been limited to expressing their concerns through open letters to their political representatives and to the officials negotiating the agreement."

Two letters have been sent, and each takes on a related but different issue with the secretive trade agreement. Each letter has different signatures, and shows the broad, diverse opposition to the TPP.

Signatories include Reddit, Creative Commons, the Internet Archive, Wikimedia and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). They raise issues with the agreement including its plans to add a takedown system like the DCMA to international law, and introduce a "notice and keep down" environment that would "make it harder than ever before for users and innovators to safely publish creative, transformational content online".

The two protest letters have already been sent, but the EFF asks that any interested potential protestors sign its petition opposing the TPP. µ


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