Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
What Is The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)?
First, there was SOPA and PIPA, two devastating pieces of legislation from hell. Then, we had ACTA, which made a craptastic move in a global scale. Even while ACTA is being debated, other “trade agreements” are taking the scene behind our backs, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, TPPA in short. TPPA is a trade agreement that attempts to address the same issues addressed in ACTA. It simply reinforces the older trade agreement by placing “emphasis” on counterfeiting and intellectual property protection. However, it goes much, much further than that.
The TPPA is a sort of concept that will undo everything that other copyright protection measures have worked hard to achieve. The older DMCA act allowed companies to protect their intellectual property without destroying basic liberties that everyone had . In fact, the FBI has already taken out sites like Megaupload just fine without the help of destructive trade practices like TPPA. Keep in mind that Megaupload was owned by a bunch of people in New Zealand, outside US jurisdiction. Imagine what regimes could do under TPPA, which provides many more freedoms than they actually need to counteract copyright infringement. It seems as if though this was not their intention when forming such a trade agreement.
TPPA’s intention is to subjugate the freedom of expression that users have across the Internet. Even though it doesn’t mean that governments will immediately hop onto this, it does mean that they’ll have the capability whenever they want. Part of the reason the United States Constitution was written was to prevent people from possessing powers they can abuse. You can’t abuse a power you don’t have.