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Right now, a group of 600 industry lobbyist “advisors” and un-elected government trade representatives are scheming behind closed doors1, 2 to craft an international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Why the secrecy? We know from leaked documents3 that the TPP includes what amounts to an Internet trap that would:

  1. Criminalize4some of your everyday use of the Internet,
  2. Force service providers to collect and hand over your private data without privacy safeguards5, and
  3. Give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use,6remove online content—including entire websites—and even terminate7your access to the Internet.
  4. Create a parallel legal system of international tribunals that will undermine national sovereignty and allow conglomerates to sue countries for laws that infringe on their profits.

The TPP’s Internet trap is secretive, extreme, and it could criminalize your daily use of the Internet. We deserve to know what will be blocked, what we and our families will be fined for.

If enough of us speak out now, we can force participating governments to come clean. Your signature will send a message to leaders of participating countries. 8 Please sign the petition and share it with everyone you know >>>

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Footnotes

[1] Find Open Media’s backgrounder on the TPP here, and Open Media’s press release about Ottawa’s irresponsible participation here.

[2] The TPP suffers from a lack of transparency, public participation, and democratic accountability. In this letter, a number of U.S. civil society organizations detail and decry the opacity of the process.

[3] Public interest groups have obtained the February 2011 draft of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. In it, we can see that the TPP would drastically increase Internet surveillance, increase Big Media’s Internet lockdown powers, and criminalize content sharing in general, with a likelihood of harsher penalties.

[4] See the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s analysis to learn more about the ways the TPP increases the threat of litigation from Big Media. Under the TPP, Big Media could come after you in court even “without the need for a formal complaint by a private party or right holder”.

[5] See infojustics.org’s list of the TPP’s effects on the intellectual property law in Canada and Mexico for more information on privacy implications

[6] See infojustics.org’s list of the TPP’s effects on the intellectual property law in Canada and Mexico for more information on penalties. Also see Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch talk about content fines here.

[7] Source: Public Knowledge: What’s actually in the TPP?

[8] Your signature will send a message to leaders and trade representatives from the following countries: Australia, Chile, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, Vietnam, and Canada

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