TPP Agreement Is Coming to Singapore. How Will it
Affect Your Rights?
NordVPN explains the implications of TPP agreement and possible ways to protect
February 4, 2016. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multinational trade agreement between 12 countries, includingSingapore. The agreement threatens to apply restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws around the world and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The people of participating countries and even their governments have been locked out of the decision making process - the meetings where TPP was drafted were held in secret. Big corporations were however invited and heard, which is evidently reflected in the draft agreement.
Besides watching out for corporate interests in pharmaceutical, financial manufacturing, and other sectors - which would result in outsourced jobs and suffering manufacturing in some participating countries – TPP is aiming to critically impair Internet freedom.
TPP and Internet Freedom
With TPP, individual rights for freedom of expression, innovation and creativity are at risk. Inability for each country to take a sovereign decision in policymaking and custom lawmaking that reflect different cultural priorities threatens the futureof knowledge. The intellectual property section of the TPP agreement sets standards across all co-signing countries enforcing and setting guidelines to trademark an copyright rules:
Changing copyright terms and regulations. Proposed extension of copyright is to 70
years after author’s death, potentially making it 130+ years protection (author’s life plus
70 years). These barriers to information would hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. In
some countries it can cause stagnant culture effect.
Digital content barriers. The new law could create accessibility issues for Internet users with disabilities. Under TPP law, tinkering with copyright content would be illegal, even if the goal is to make close-captioning more accessible to those with special needs.
Limitations to freedom of speech/increased threat to journalists and whistleblowers. The vague language surrounding the “misuse of trade secrets” section could limit free expression and compromise journalistic work. Journalists have always championed the freedom of speech, exposed certain sensitive stories, selflessly hoping to improve the world we live in. Implications could be dire in some countries that fail to have other flexibilities or exceptions protecting freedom of speech.
Uniform punishment standards. Users could be jailed or hit with exorbitant fines over file sharing, and may have their property or domains seized even without a formal complaint from the copyright holder. The entertainment companies had a chance to further their agenda by heavily lobbying negotiating ministers. Internet service providers could be made responsible for enforcing intellectual property rights and this would likely lead to more internet censorship.
How to protect your rights?
1. Reach out to local policy makers. What can people in Singapore do to protect their rights? One solution is to reach out to local policy makers and express concerns on the topic.
2. Encrypt. NordVPN (www.nordvpn.com) strongly suggests using encryption on Internet enabled devices. Proxy or VPN service can help secure your private data and assure privacy when going online. NordVPN, which is one of the top VPN (Virtual Private Network) providers in the world, firmly believes in online privacy and Internet freedom, and has a strict policy not to keep customers’ logs. Encryption will become crucial for those who want to protect their online privacy if the laws are ratified.
3. Join the community. The leading Internet privacy and security experts like EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) continuously organize efforts to educate on this topic. Other groups like citizen.org, Wikileaks and stoptpp.org have also joined the conversation and provide useful information ton the topic.
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