Tag: Fair Deal Coalition

Pull TPP provisions that restrict access to knowledge

Press Release – Fair Deal Coalition Today the Fair Deal Coalition has called on Governments involved in the TPP negotiations to reject copyright proposals that would limit the open internet, access to knowledge, and curtail economic opportunity.Broad coalition to TPP governments: Pull provisions that restrict access to knowledge and open innovation Organizations spanning nearly every TPP nation calls for a new approach that respects broad interests not just that of US corporates November 21st 2013 Today the Fair Deal Coalition has called on Governments involved in the TPP negotiations to reject copyright proposals that would limit the open internet, access to knowledge, and curtail economic opportunity. The Coalition, made up of Internet users, schools, universities, artists, libraries and archives, the visually-impaired, consumers, information technology firms and Internet businesses, has written an open letter to the Governments involved in the negotiations following the leaking of the chapter of the TPP relating to IP and copyright. Coalition members say that leaked text confirmed fears that the TPP would reduce people’s access to information and restrict their ability to innovate, both on and offline, if a number of the draft copyright provisions were agreed to. The problematic provisions more often than not come from the United States and Australia. The Coalition cautions against the negative impact these provisions would have and urges Governments to agree to alternative proposals. One chief concern of...

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Leaked TPP text puts New Zealand’s economic future at risk

Press Release – Fair Deal Coalition The leaked copy of the Trans Pacific Partnership confirms the Fair Deal Coalitions fears that New Zealand is facing aggressive US moves in the fight to protect our economic future through maintaining a fair copyright framework.Media Release – Fair Deal Coalition 14 November 2013 The leaked copy of the Trans Pacific Partnership confirms the Fair Deal Coalition’s fears that New Zealand is facing aggressive US moves in the fight to protect our economic future through maintaining a fair copyright framework. Fair Deal Coalition spokesperson Susan Chalmers said the text shows that the New Zealand negotiators have been fighting for a sensible position that would serve New Zealand well. “Chief Negotiator David Walker and his team are to be applauded for fighting for what is best for New Zealand’s sensible and balanced copyright framework. It is a shame the United States wants the opposite, but that is what the leaked text shows,” says Ms Chalmers. “Negotiators are showing they understand New Zealand is a net importer of copyright goods and that our copyright law needs to suit our needs. If we accept what the US has put on the table then this country would be severely limiting future opportunities to innovate, remix, create and distribute content. In short, New Zealand would be trading away our digital future – all for potentially improved access to...

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Copyright Law Review on hold – We’re not Told Why

Press Release – Fair Deal Coalition Papers released under the Official Information Act last week reveal that the government will delay the 2013 copyright law review until TPP negotiations have concluded. The reasons given for the delay have been removed from the public version of the …Copyright Law Review on hold But we’re not allowed to know why Papers released under the Official Information Act last week reveal that the government will delay the 2013 copyright law review until “TPP negotiations have concluded”. The reasons given for the delay have been removed from the public version of the document. Copyright laws really need a big review in light of the changed information environment” says Susan Chalmers, spokesperson for FairDealNZ. “There is a lot of support for a review in New Zealand, which the Cabinet Paper itself acknowledges. All the same, the Minister says a review isn’t possible because of the TPP, for reasons that the public is unable to know about.“ New Zealand’s copyright laws were meant to be reviewed this year, five years after the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act in 2008. The government, has decided not to stick to this timetable, waiting instead to know what terms it may have to agree to under the TPP. Previous attempts at updating the Copyright Act were rightly derided by the public as being out of touch with the changing...

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Fair Deal Coalition bolsters ranks with international allies

Press Release – Fair Deal Coalition The Fair Deal Coalition is pleased to announce it has bolstered its ranks, with several new international members having joined – the Australian Digital Alliance, the Open Source Industry of Australia, ONG Derechos Digitales and Consumer International.Fair Deal Coalition bolsters ranks with international allies Media Release – 3 December 2012 Sent on behalf of the Fair Deal Coalition. This release is available online at http://tinyurl.com/bwzowrd The Fair Deal Coalition is pleased to announce it has bolstered its ranks, with several new international members having joined – the Australian Digital Alliance, the Open Source Industry of Australia, ONG Derechos Digitales and Consumer International. Dedicated to keeping the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) from changing New Zealand’s copyright laws, the Fair Deal Coalition is set for a flurry of activity this week as the 15th round of TPP negotiations get underway in Auckland. Fair Deal spokesperson Susan Chalmers says the TPP – a trade agreement being negotiated by New Zealand, the United States and nine other countries – could force changes to New Zealand’s copyright law that do not serve the country’s best interests. “The Fair Deal coalition unites a diverse group domestic and international allies under one banner. We want to draw public attention to how the TPP might actually cost New Zealand by erecting barriers to trade”. Launched in July, Fair Deal members represent...

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