Tag: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Open Letter Calls on TPP Negotiators to Stand up for users

Press Release – Electronic Frontier Foundation Copyright restricts all kinds of important, everyday uses of creative workseven worse, these strict rules last nearly two lifetimes for any given work. We are fighting to reform and push back against these restrictions in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership …New Open Letter Calls on TPP Negotiators to Stand up for User Safeguards Copyright restricts all kinds of important, everyday uses of creative works—even worse, these strict rules last nearly two lifetimes for any given work. We are fighting to reform and push back against these restrictions in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), especially those that undermine the public’s ability to use, research, remix, or otherwise modify digital content and devices. And one of the most critical issues in this trade deal is whether it strongly upholds and protects exceptions and limitations to copyright. As the Executive Director of Australian Digital Alliance, Jessica Coates, aptly puts it, “They are what allow teachers to use resources in the classroom, technology companies to create new services, and individuals to interact with copyright material without risking criminal liability.” That’s why EFF is one of 15 groups telling TPP negotiators about the importance of providing for strong public safeguards to use copyrighted works. This letter echoes a call from earlier this year when hundreds of tech companies called on the U.S. Congress to oppose the TPP and the...

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US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms

Press Release – Electronic Frontier Foundation After years of secret trade negotiations over the future of intellectual property rights (and limits on those rights), the public gets a chance to looks at the results. For those of us who care about free speech and a balanced intellectual property system …TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms After years of secret trade negotiations over the future of intellectual property rights (and limits on those rights), the public gets a chance to looks at the results. For those of us who care about free speech and a balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation, creativity, and access to knowledge, it’s not a pretty picture. Today Wikileaks published a complete draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement’s chapter on “intellectual property rights.” The leaked text, from August 2013, confirms long-standing suspicions about the harm the agreement could do to users’ rights and a free and open Internet. From locking in excessive copyright term limits to further entrenching failed policies that give legal teeth to Digital Rights Management (DRM) tools, the TPP text we’ve seen today reflects a terrible but unsurprising truth: an agreement negotiated in near-total secrecy, including corporations but excluding the public, comes out as an anti-user wish list of industry-friendly policies. Despite the Obama administration’s top U.S. negotiators’ fast approaching their self-imposed 2013...

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New Rule Shuts Out Civil Society from TPP Negotiation Venue

Press Release – Electronic Frontier Foundation Academics, experts, consumer groups, Internet freedom organizations, libraries, educational institutions, patients and access to medicines groups have flown a long way from around the world to Auckland, New Zealand, to engage with delegates in the 15th round …Digital Rights and Health Experts Frustrated by New Rule to Shut Out Civil Society from TPP Negotiation Venue Academics, experts, consumer groups, Internet freedom organizations, libraries, educational institutions, patients and access to medicines groups have flown a long way from around the world to Auckland, New Zealand, to engage with delegates in the 15th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. For the first time, however, we have been locked out of the entire venue, except for a single day out of the 10 days of negotiations. This not only alienates us as members of public interest groups, but also the hundreds of thousands of innovators, educators, patients, students, and Internet users who have sent messages to government representatives expressing their concerns with the TPP. All of us oppose the complete unjustifiable secrecy around the negotiations, but more importantly, the IP provisions that could potentially threaten our rights, and innovation. These new physical restrictions on us are reflective of the ongoing lack of transparency that has plagued the TPP negotiations from the very beginning. Industry lobbyists looking to protect their outdated business models have, if anything, been provided...

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EFF on Leaked TPP IP Chapter – ISPs As Copyright Cops

Press Release – Electronic Frontier Foundation The TPP wants service providers to undertake the financial and administrative burdens of becoming copyright cops, serving a copyright maximalist agenda while disregarding the consequences for Internet freedom and innovation.TPP Creates Legal Incentives For ISPs To Police The Internet. What Is At Risk? Your Rights. The draft chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Intellectual Property—as of its current leaked version [PDF – Scoop copy tpp10feb2011ustextiprchapter.pdf], article 16—insists that signatories provide legal incentives for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to privately enforce copyright protection rules. The TPP wants service providers to undertake the financial and administrative burdens of becoming copyright cops, serving a copyright maximalist agenda while disregarding the consequences for Internet freedom and innovation. TPP article 16.3 mandates a system of ISP liability that goes beyond the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) standards and US case law. In sum, the TPP pushes a framework beyond ACTA[1] and possibly the spirit of the DMCA, since it opens the doors for: • Three-strikes policies and laws that require Internet intermediaries to terminate their users’ Internet access on repeat allegations of copyright infringement • Requirements for Internet intermediaries to filter all Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material • ISP obligations to block access to websites that allegedly infringe or facilitate copyright infringement • Efforts to force intermediaries to disclose the identities of their customers to...

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Civil Society Groups on U.S. TPP Copyright Proposal

Press Release – Electronic Frontier Foundation The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced a new copyright proposal today for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. One part of the proposal is a “3-step test” that may restrict copyright exceptions like fair use. July 3, 2012 Joint Statement of Civil Society Groups on U.S. TPP Copyright Proposal The below is a joint statement from EFF, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Knowledge, and Public Citizen. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced a new copyright proposal today for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. One part of the proposal is a “3-step test” that may restrict copyright exceptions like fair use. The USTR says that its proposal – the text of which is still secret – will include provisions that may mimic Article 13 of the WTO TRIPS accord, which says: Members shall confine limitations or exceptions to exclusive rights to certain special cases which do not conflict with a normal exploitation of the work and do not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the right holder. We are concerned that, depending on the actual text and its scope and interpretation, the provision in the TPP will restrict fair use and other copyright exceptions and limitations crucial for the progress and access of culture, science, education, and innovation. In a 2000 dispute [pdf] involving an exception to copyright for the United States,...

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