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03 July 2012 @ 01:00 am
TPP - Stop the Trap internet coalition  
A new site was apparently created last week by public interest groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Citizen and Public Knowledge. You can sign to send a letter to leaders and trade representatives from countries participating in the TPP.

Stop the Trap

The TPP is a seriously scary pact - not just because of what it will do to the internet, but for many other reasons as well. There's a reason it's being called "the corporate power tool of the 1%". What little that has leaked about it is absolutely scary. I can't imagine what the full pact looks like.
Mood: discontentdiscontent
gothrockrulz: loki armygothrockrulz on July 3rd, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
*headdesk* Thank you for the heads-up again.
Kay: wm rorschach/daniron_kat on July 5th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) I've been keeping up with this stuff since SOPA. With ACTA killed dead by the Parliament today, the TPP is next issue. I'm sure they were sent a solid message today though - with ACTA being so heavily defeated.

Edited at 2012-07-05 12:58 am (UTC)
gothrockrulz: loki armygothrockrulz on July 5th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad ACTA was defeated--but I'm starting to wonder how many times these propositions and bills must be thrown down before they'll take a hint and back off. Or if a far more aggressive message must be sent to make our point.
Kay: tf maggie comiciron_kat on July 7th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Well, this fight is fairly new - I mean, as far as I know, the protest against SOPA/PIPA was [one of the] first major pushes against the content industry. They're used to getting what they want, but the protest against SOPA woke people up to ACTA (ACTA had been in the making for something like 6 years, and while some were aware of it/fighting against it, many were in the dark about it until very recently thanks to it being kept behind closed doors).

I've heard this argument used and it does make sense: something like ACTA took years of effort and lobbying and most likely money to come into being and be agreed upon. If the content industry hadn't put its brand of crazy in there (wanting the govt. to treat copyright infringement as the same thing as physical counterfeit goods), then it may have entered into force without trouble. But once people became aware of how it was worse than SOPA, ACTA was on life support in a few short months and killed by a huge majority of votes in the Parliament - I bet last year officials/big media thought ACTA was a done deal. All it took was public protest and outcry. Now that that cat's out of the bag, it isn't so easily put back.

The more people that know about the kind of laws that the content industry want the govt. to impose on the public, the worse they look, and the harder it will be for them to succeed. As long as people keep up the protesting. I routinely visit sites like Techdirt and The Electronic Frontier Foundation to keep up with news.

The TPP is the next scary thing, but there are even people in Congress who oppose the secrecy surrounding it - like Ron Wyden and Darrell Issa(who co-wrote the "Digital Bill of Rights" with the hope of presenting it to Congress the future). There are those that are slowly getting the message - the public doesn't want the internet messed with to benefit Hollywood.

The content industry, of course, will always cry and moan - like they did with the cassette tape and the vhs and home video recording years ago. The internet is a far bigger revolution than those, which just makes them CRY MOAR.:)

Edited at 2012-07-07 11:54 pm (UTC)
gothrockrulz: oh snap jeremy rennergothrockrulz on July 8th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
ACTA's been in the works for SIX YEARS? O.O I did not know that. Wow.

I'm amazed that the content industry is crying over the internet--don't they realize what an amazing opportunity it is, just like VHS was? Honestly. Almost all of the music I've been buying for the last few months are of singers/bands I'd never have discovered without the internet.
Kay: avengers natasha fighting monstersiron_kat on July 8th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Yeah. I didn't either! But according to what I've read, it started in 2006, and the final draft was released in 2010. Agreements like it, and like the TPP, take a lot of time and effort (and money:)).

The main thing they're worried about is losing their profits - like, the internet is making it so a band can release music direct to the public, with no gatekeepers or middlemen involved. More and more artists are able to fund themselves using the internet as a way to reach fans.

Hollywood is all about gatekeeping and acting as middlemen 'cause that's where their money comes from. They want total control of the content (even at the consumer's expense, which is why they're destined to fail eventually).

Edited at 2012-07-08 01:53 am (UTC)