Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop international “free-trade” agreement from giving undeserved power to corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens.
A new “free-trade” agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would provide international legal protection to massive corporations for patent and copyright claims, even extending to natural living things like plants and animals. At the same time, the agreement would hurt the public by limiting our access to information, including medical information, and by forcing Internet Service Providers to continuously police their users by looking for instances of copyright infringement.
The TPP negotiations have occurred behind closed doors, with no media coverage, and with only heads of state and particular industry leaders allowed to participate. Thanks to the government transparency website Wikileaks, the details of the TPP have been released to the public. The text makes it clear that corporate interests would be protected at the expense of public interests, and that governments all over the world would have far more power to prosecute individual citizens on the basis of copyright infringement.
The far-reaching effects of the TPP have even caused a stir in Congress, which has been excluded from the negotiations, and a number US Senators and Representatives have vowed to oppose the agreement. Obama has asked for “fast-track” status for the TPP agreement, which means that it would not have to be approved by Congress; a great many Congresspeople will not easily go along with this decision.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, although masquerading as protections for copyright holders, will give all the legal power to corporate interests and take away that power from individuals. Sign this petition to tell President Obama not to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Dear President Obama,
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) threatens the rights of American citizens by handing over undeserved power to major corporations. With the rapidly changing environment for intellectual property laws brought on by the Internet, it is hard enough to know what copyright laws should look like in our own country, without even considering any kind of international agreement. The text of the TPP makes it clear that corporate interests are the only concern in this agreement, while individuals and the public at large will be subject to pervasive monitoring and legal intimidation.
The massive media corporations that would benefit from the TPP will tell you that we have to protect copyright holders in order to encourage innovation; what they don’t say out loud is that they only want to protect the copyrights they hold themselves, and that individual copyright holders will be challenged, at great personal expense, to maintain their ownership over material they have produced. This is not to mention the setbacks for healthcare, since the pharmaceutical industry wishes to eliminate the cheaper, generic versions of drugs that are otherwise prohibitively expensive. Please think of the American people, do not listen to the corporate interests pushing for this agreement, and oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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