TPP, The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property laws all over the world as well as rewrite international rules on its enforcement.
Upon release of the text comments were as follows:
- “Worst nightmare”
- “A death warrant for the open internet.”
- “An act of climate denial.”
Many major climate action groups were first to point out that the text itself was not only notable on what it did say but also for all the things it didn’t say. The text itself is handing out things to the fossil fuel industry while not even mentioning climate change at all. This gives fossil fuel companies the ability to sue local governments who try to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Friends of the Earth has said that the agreement itself is in every way “designed to protect ‘free trade’ in dirty energy products such as tar sands oil, coal from the Powder River Basin, and liquefied natural gas shipped out of West Coast Ports.” This meaning the climate change will become more dramatic due to carbon emissions across the Pacific. In other words something terrible is coming.
This whole thing has been very secretive overall. The nations that negotiated the TPP are as follows:
- United States
- New Zealand
- Brunei Darussalam
It has been confirmed upon release that as we were all afraid, United States negotiators did in fact push for the adoption of copyright measures more restrictive than currently required by the international treaties. One section of this even required internet service providers to aid in the enforcement of copyright take down requests. Concerns have been brought up about this TPP and how it impacts human rights, health, employment, and many other issues.
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