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TPP: Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership and ACTA: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

I’ve been following these issues for quite a while and although I’ll admit I only fly with my left wing, I think these global trade agreements are a clear library issue since they fundamentally threaten hard won rights to read, research and create for us AND, more improtantly, the people and social institutions we serve.  I spent some time debating this with a non-librarian friend over the weekend and thought I’d pull some of the links together as a bit of a primer.  I may be a little late to the party, but here are some links about the TPP: Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership and ACTA: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.   The negotiation processes have been very opaque and very, very few parties that talk to balance in the world for end-user rights have been involved.  I’ve always been an advocate for balance in copyrights – balanced rights of both users and creators/owners. I think some of the risk in these treaties is that entertainment (video, music, etc.) is getting overly mashed up (and maybe driving) in rights to using copyrighted works for research, learning, and the creation of new knowledge.   Feel free to add more links in the comments.

Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:

(1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.

(2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.”


To learn more:

Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership

Wikipedia entry:

Why are the Conservatives keeping Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations secret?


Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Trans Pacific Partnership [leaked] Document Library

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Your guide to copyright in the TPP

Public Knowledge:

Decoding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (Michael Geist)


What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?


What does the Trans-Pacific Partnership mean for free expression in Canada?

Hey, TPP Lobbyists: The Internet Belongs to All of Us

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a threat to the Internet?


ACTA: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Again there are librarian concerns here. There seems to be a trend to ‘extreme’ secrecy in negotiations.  This one runs the risk of limiting well understood freedoms like freedom of expression and privacy, human rights, as well as criminalizing generic medicine. Global surveillance of what you read and use makes this a library issue.  By the way, this isn’t really about anti-counterfeiting – it’s about intellectual property and copyright.


Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement


ACTA: Michael Geist

What is ACTA?


SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP: An Alphabet Soup of Innovation-Stifling Copyright Legislation and Agreements by Michael A. Carrier at Rutgers School of Law–Camden

Anyway, if you’re an advocate for the freedoms that underpin libraries and what we do , support and encourage, then spend some time knowing about these issues.


Posted on: September 16, 2013, 1:38 pm Category: Uncategorized

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