Bad Trade Deal Gets Worse

By Unattributed | Alliance for Natural Health

Stop-TPP

An underhanded maneuver could make the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) even worse than it was originally. Action Alert!


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) picked up on an almost imperceptible but vitally important change in the TPP text.

It was widely understood that the text had been completed and finally made public after years of hyper-secrecy when we covered this late last year. According to the EFF, however, the final document has been going through a “legal scrubbing” phase in which lawyers, translators, and trade ministers go over the deal and ensure there are no “errors,” and that everything is legally consistent.

Briefly put, one word was changed (“paragraph” became “subparagraph”) in a section relating to copyright infringement. But this one-word substitution drastically changes the substance of the document. Before, the language exempted states from applying certain criminal penalties in cases of copyright infringement when there was no market or economic impact on the copyright holder. The one-word substitution now means that most criminal penalties in these cases must apply even if there was no discernible impact on the copyright holder.

This maneuver could have dire consequences, especially in how information gets around the Internet. Will articles with links to other content—like the kind contained in this newsletter—become illegal and subject to draconian criminal penalties? The ramifications of this sleight-of-hand trick could be far-reaching. Will links to other articles become illegal in the US because a foreign government could object to them under the trade agreement?

Especially troubling is the apparent lack of concern in the two major political parties and the mainstream media about this deal. The issue has been mostly ignored in the presidential campaign so far, and coverage in the media has been scant.

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