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Businesses to protest TPP Copyright proposals

Today, EFF and its partners in the global Our Fair Deal coalition join together with an 
even more diverse international network of creators, innovators, start-ups, educators, 
libraries, archives and users to release two new open letters to negotiators of the 
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The TPP, although characterized as a free trade agreement, is actually far broader in its 
intended scope. Amongst many changes to which it could require the twelve negotiating 
countries to agree are a slate of increased rights and privileges for copyright rights holders.

Each of the two open letters released today focuses on a separate element of the
heightened copyright regime that the TPP threatens to introduce, and is endorsed by a
separate groups of signatories representing those most deeply impacted by the proposed
changes in each case.

With no official means of participating in the negotiations, the global community of
users and innovators who will be affected by these proposed changes have been limited
to expressing their concerns through open letters to their political representatives and
to the officials negotiating the agreement.

Intermediary Copyright Enforcement

As the document below describes, countries around the Pacific rim are being pressured 
to agree to proposed text for the TPP that would require them to adopt  facsimile of 
the DMCAto regulate the take-down of material hosted online, upon the mere allegation 
of copyright infringement by a claimed rights-holder. Indeed, industry lobbyists are 
pushing for an even stricter regime, dubbed "notice and staydown", that would make it
harder than ever before for users and innovators to safely publish creative, 
transformational content online.

Amongst the 65 high-profile signatories who have endorsed this open letter as of today 
are Reddit, the Internet ArchiveStack Exchange and Namecheap.

Copyright Term Extension

The rash 20 year extension of the term of copyright protection in the United States in
1998 confounded economists, and frustrated librarians, archivists and  consumers, who 
were consequently starved of new public domain works until  2019. 

Now the USA intends to compound its error by extending it to all of the other TPP 
negotiating countries—or at least, those that haven't already yielded to bilateral 
pressure to extend their copyright terms. As the letter below explains, this would be a 
senseless assault on the public domain and on those libraries, authors, educators, users 
and others who depend upon it.

The letter on copyright term extension has been endorsed by 35 organizations so far,
including  Creative Commons, the Wikimedia FoundationPublic Knowledge and the 
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Express your support

Although the letters have been presented to TPP negotiators today, they will remain 
open for further signatories to express their support, and may be  presented again in 
future rounds. Interested organizations can express their  interest in endorsing the open 
letters on copyright term extension and  intermediary liability using the links given here.

For individuals who are not affiliated with a company or organization, we encourage 
them instead to take action through the Our Fair Deal coalition's petition (can we take 
it to 20,000 signatories by this weekend?), and for those  who are American citizens, 
through EFF's action to oppose fast-track authority.



Her burde Norge absolutt være på plass med sin store leserskare og internet brukere.
Det kan ogsaa omfatte programvare.
Det samme skulle vel være av interesse for de mange norske bokforlag?

 Denne TTIP avtalen er et uhyre vi ikke må tilslutte oss,direkte eller indirekte via EØS.


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