Who’s affected? EVERYONE!!!
New internet laws will affect all children & Adults who download ANYTHING from the internet.
Criminalizing small-scale downloading
Canada’s new copyright laws, passed last fall, cap the liability for unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material at $5,000, so long as the downloading is not for commercial purposes.
According to consumer advocacy groups, the TPP could force Canada to institute criminal penalties even for small-time downloaders. Canada’s top negotiator at the talks last fall refused to say whether Canada would fight for its new copyright laws in the TPP deal. REF
ISPs Could Become Internet Cops
Article 16 of a leaked 2011 draft of the TPP mandates that countries create ‘legal incentives’ for internet service providers to do their own copyright policing online. REF That is interpreted by many to mean that ISPs could be held legally accountable if their subscribers download illegally. Consumer groups fear this will mean expanded monitoring of web users’ online habits, and the possibility of three-strikes-and-you’re-out rules that would cut off internet services to subscribers alleged to have engaged in unauthorized downloading.
Corporations Could Control Your Browsing History
TPP is debating allowing corporations to have internet browsers make ‘temporary copies’ to your computer’s history folder. REF
Critics say allowing companies to control what is and isn’t copied could harm the ability of search engines to become more sophisticated. It could also have a chilling effect on tech innovation, as it could halt the development of apps that, for example, use a picture of a book cover or a part of a song to identify that book or song.
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Copyright Terms Will Likely Be Expanded
The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports the TPP would amount to the most significant expansion of copyright terms in two decades. The group says the TPP proposes to extend copyright on works created by individuals to life plus 70 years. (In Canada, it’s currently life plus 50 years). It would also expand copyright owned by corporations to 95 or 120 years after creation, depending on which proposal is accepted. This would ensure that Mickey Mouse (born 1928) would continue to be owned by Disney and would not become part of the public domain. Critics of lengthy copyright terms argue they are bad for economic development because they restrict innovation.
The U.S. and Australia want tougher rules for “fair use” exceptions from copyright law. Currently, we can copy parts of textbooks for educational purposes, or quote copyrighted materials in news articles. A proposed “three step test” for fair use could make it considerably harder for people to use parts of copyrighted materials in these ways. REF
Critics Call The TPP a “Corporate Giveaway”
U.S. House Rep. Alan Grayson, who rose to fame four years ago with his quip that the Republican health care plan amounts to hoping you “die quickly,” was recently allowed to see a draft copy of the TPP. While he’s been banned from divulging any details, the populist Florida Democrat described it in a recent blog post as an agreement that ‘hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.’ REF He told HuffPost: “Having seen what I’ve seen, I would characterize this as a gross abrogation of American sovereignty … And I would further characterize it as a punch in the face to the middle class of America. I think that’s fair to say from what I’ve seen so far. But I’m not allowed to tell you why!”
Foreign Telecom Coming To Canada
The public might benefit, but there would be a lot of unemployed telecom workers. The U.S. Trade Representative and other TPP countries criticized Canada’s protectionist telecom policies, putting Canada under pressure to relax restrictions on foreign ownership of telecoms.
TPP Could Reduce Or End CanCon (Canada Content) Rules
An umbrella group of U.S. media companies has been lobbying the U.S. Trade Representative to pressure Canada into repealing Canadian content rules as part of the TPP, raising significant concerns among music and film and TV groups that Canada’s cultural industries could be threatened by the TPP. REF