Trans-Pacific Partnership

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   "If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you're ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in it's crosshairs." - Julian Assange, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks. [1]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (aka TPP) is a pact and the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 percent of the world's GDP.[2]


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries which seeks to lower trade barries such as tariffs, establish a common framework for intellectual property, enforce standards for labor law, environmental law, and establish an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. During 2011, the agreement's goal had been to "enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, to promote innovation, economic growth, and development, and support the creation and retention of jobs.

The US government considered TPP as a companion to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a similar agreement between the United States and the European Union.

Historically, the TPP is an expansion of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP or P4), which was signed by Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore in 2006. Beginning in 2008, additional countries joined in the discussion for the broader agreement: Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Vietnam.

Participating nations aimed at completing negotiations in 2012, but contentious issues such as agriculture, intellectual property, services, and investments caused the negotiations to continue. They finally reached an agreement on October 5, 2015. Implementing the TPP has been one of the trade agenda goals of the Obama administration in the US. The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper said on October 5, 2015, "the full text of the agreement to be released in the next few days, with signatures on the finalized text and deal early in the new year, and ratification over the next two years." Wikileaks published the leaked documents, since 2013, mainly because the text has not been made public.

What's Wrong With TPP

The 95-page, 30,000 word IP Chapter lays out provisions for instituting a far-reaching, transnational legal, and enforcement regime, modifying, or replacing existing laws in TPP member states. The Chapter's subsections include agreements relating to patents (who may produce goods or drugs), copyright (who may transmit information), trademarks (who may describe information or goods as authentic), and industrial design. [3]

The Agreement poses as a great risk to internet users' freedoms and access to information on an international level. A leaked IP chapter shows how Hollywood and pricey lobbyists are pushing for IP restrictions that will strangle free speech, innovation, privacy, and digital rights. All these government negotiations and meetings are all done behind closed doors and their text is confidential; there's no public discussion and no Congressional involvement. Countries, like the United States, are trying to export the worst parts of its intellectual property law without bringing any of the protections like the Fair Use (to protect speech), statutory exemptions (letting teachers use copyrighted material in face-to-face classrooms, reproductions for libraries and archives). TPP will undermine innovation around the world - Kicking the ladder out from under developing countries. Those nations will have to pay high fees in royalties and costs for these overreaching, restrictive copyright laws. This will hit harder for developing countries that already lack enough resources for domestic needs. Copyright owners can demand your domain or have your computer seized if it's found to be "connected" to infringing activity - Whether you actually participated or not. You can even go to jail. Infringement claims under TPP restrict your economic, property, and personal freedoms.

Some of What It Can Do

Shut down websites, like SOPA, and kick entire families off of the internet over copyright claims. Encourages ISPs to spy on everything we do on the web and share our private data.

On August 2013, The Trans-Pacific Partnership 's agreement's chapter on "intellectual property rights" confirms a long-standing suspicions about what the agreement can do to users' rights, a free and open internet. Which is locking in excessive copyright term limits to further entrenching failed polices that gives legal teeth to the Digital Rights Management (DRM) tools, the TPP text reflects there is an agreement negotiated in near-total secrecy, including corporations, but excluding the public, comes out as an anti-user wish list of industry-friendly polices. [4]

For TPP to qualify for Fast Track, it must meet basic standard that partner countries not be home to modern-day slavery. It is widely suspected that this is the reason that the State Department has decided to baselessly upgrade TPP-partner, Malaysia's human trafficking status. [5]

Increased Medicine Prices

Pharmaceutical companies would be able to extend their patents which would allow them to sell without competition from generic drug manufacturers. This would make it insanely difficult to fight against deadly illnesses such as AIDS and cancer. [6] [7]

Goodbye to Environment Protections

TPP would override our protections for land use, logging, and climate pollution. The Sierra Club states that TPP "Would strip our government's power to manage U.S. gas exports, opening floodgates for fracking, sacrificing our air and water quality in order to feed foreign markets." [8] [9]

Copyright Terms

A leaked chapter features proposals for setting a new "floor" for copyright durations from the already problematic U.S. term of life of the author plus 70 years of the author plus 100 years, proposed by Mexico. [10]

Internet Censorship

Under TPP, Internet Service Providers would be required to police online activity by either taking down certain websites and content if they disapprove of it or cutting people off from the internet completely. [11] [12]

Limiting Rights

According to WikiLeaks, the Parties are encouraged to establish international exhaustion of a rights. [13]

No More Health and Food Sovereignty

According to Coporate Accountability International, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would make it easier for tobacco companies to sue the government for protecting people from drugs. [14] [15]

Concerning Video Games


TPP's Country Partners

Negotiators (2006 agreement parties) [16]:

  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore


  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Operation: Trans Pacific Shitstorm

This is a serious GamerGate operation to halt the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [17]

See Also

Operation Trans Pacific Shitstorm

  1. Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - [1]
  2. Secret TPP Agreement Chapter - [2]
  3. Secret TPP Agreement Agreement - [3]
  4. TPP Leak Confirms the Worst - [4]
  5. TPP and Human Trafficking - [5]
  6. 6 Ways TPP Will Affect You - [6]
  7. Expose the TPP: Public Health - [7]
  8. 6 Ways TPP Will Affect You - [8]
  9. Sierra Club: Protect Public Lands and Our Climate from Big Coal- [9]
  10. Secret TPP Agreement Chapter - [10]
  11. 6 Ways TPP Will Affect You - [11]
  12. Expose the TPP -[12]
  13. Secret TPP Agreement Chapter - [13]
  14. 6 Ways TPP Will Affect You - [14]
  15. Corporate Accountability International: Big Tobacco wants to Undermine Public Health - [15]
  16. TPP: Wikipedia Page -]
  17. 8chan OP:Trans Pacific Shitstorm - [16]