Before we bore you with terms like ‘corporate secrecy,’ here’s how the TPP is changing the Internet and ideas:
- Copyright is being extended to “the life of the author,” plus seventy years. Want to remix that sick track so-and-so dropped last week? Wait 145 years, buddo.
- Your phone, tablet and laptop can be seized and destroyed just for having that track you ripped off VEVO’s channel lurking in the downloads folder.
- “This Video Not Available In Australia” is now a legally binding statement. Any circumvention of ‘digital rights’ is defined as an infringement, suggested to be treated by courts as an independent offence.
- Those ‘independent offences’ can be punished with ‘estimated damages’ by courts and rightsholders, so if Walt Disney lost $2 from your Ariel Mermaid soundtrack download, they can charge you $600,000 anyway.
- Any new pharmaceutical medicines which are patented are now protected for 5 years, meaning no generic versions or “similar” medicines can be sold in the same market. If you get a disease, make sure they cured it in the last century.
- Filming inside a cinema is now a criminal offence.
- Running a secret miniature clay model website? Don’t want your name and details online? Should have thought about that before you made a website, because now all registered domains must have their owners’ information publicly available.
- Getting wi-fi through Optus or Telstra? Or any other internet provider? The TPP requires that they monitor your downloads, just in case you store a pirated film or song on your device. It also requires they provide ‘legal incentive’ to deter you from doing so. (This is a totally different mandatory surveillance scheme to the other one, by the way.)
On Friday, Wikileaks released a third round of TPP documents, with what is allegedly the final revision of the Intellectual Property chapter.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which we explain in more detail here, is the long-time-coming amalgamatinon of 12 different countries’ trade agreements, designed to benefit each country participating in the negotiations after years of debate and discussion.
Last week, it was signed by delegates of all 12 countries, between whom much negotiation and debate has been happening for years, with the United States fueling most of the disagreements.
Almost all proceedings of the TPP have been shrouded in secrecy, and the majority of information about negotiations is the result of a few earlier leaks released by Wikileaks in November, 2013.
The most recent TPP release by Wikileaks has been met with much chagrin by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation who have called it ‘all that we feared.‘
But hey, it’s not like innocent people are getting charged here – because everyone’s a criminal.