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Digital Rights, Featured, News - Thursday, November 14, 2013 16:34 - 34 Comments
news Australian political parties and digital rights lobby groups today erupted in outrage after a Wikileaks leak of the intellectual property rights chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement revealed Australians could be slugged with new draconian measures if caught infringing copyright online.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend what many see restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. A number of major countries are currently negotiating the agreement, including the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam.
Leaked draft texts of the agreement have previously shown that the intellectual property chapter would have extensive ramifications for users’ freedom of speech rights, right to privacy and due process, and could hinder innovation. The process of the TPP negotiations has been shrouded in secrecy and the full text of drafts of the proposed agreement has never been publicly released.
Last month the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade took the extraordinary step of rescinding confirmations of attendance for journalists who had registered to attend a public briefing on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Sydney, stating that the meeting was “off-the-record”, and that journalists are not welcome.”
Overnight, Wikileaks published a leaked draft of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP. It reveals, among a number of other moves to tighten countries’ IP regulations, that those caught conducting copyright infringement activities online (‘Internet piracy’) could face criminal charges.
The leak caused instant outrage in Australia, with a wide range of groups active in digital rights issues raising an outcry regarding the stipulations of the trade agreement.
“CHOICE is deeply concerned at a proposal from the United States to expand criminal liability for copyright infringement. This would mean that domestic non-commercial infringement could become a criminal act,” said Alan Kirkland, chief executive of consumer advocacy group CHOICE, in a statement issued this morning. “While CHOICE condemns copyright infringement, we certainly don’t agree that an individual downloading Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones for personal use should be open to criminal prosecution.”
And it’s not just piracy criminalisation Australians should be concerned about. Continue…
- Beattie “ashamed” of Australia’s Internet piracy
- It’s time for transparency: Show us the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
- DFAT blocks media from public TPP briefing
- Telstra P2P throttling “unacceptable”: Pirate Party
- Delimiter endorses Greens based on tech policy
- ‘Too busy’: Attorney-General refuses election interview on online rights issues
- Snowden, Manning ‘not whistleblowers’, claims Australia’s Attorney-General
- Govt takes no action on website blocking
- WikiLeaks Party demands investigation
into Telstra’s secret FBI deal
- AFP blocks FoI access to social media info
- This Saturday: PRISM protests spread to Australia
- ASIC repeatedly delays S.313 FoI responses
- WikiLeaks to run in Vic, NSW and WA
- Ludlam tables anti-data retention petition
- Pirate Party registered for 2013 election
- Pirate Party Australia feuds with parent
- FoI breach? Govt withholds #natsecinquiry docs
- Assange forms Wikileaks party for Senate bid
- Pirate Party appeals data retention censorship
- #NatSecInquiry: Tracking Australians in real time
- Govt censors pre-prepared data retention bills
- Reality check: Piracy is not killing Australian film
- Doctor Who? One small step towards innovation
- News Ltd chief slams “scumbag” Internet pirates
- Ludlam demands Govt TrapWire answers
- Pirate Party launches anti-surveillance petition
- Why Pirate Party members are not ‘whiny brats’
- Pirate Party ACT registration not a failure
- Pirate Party Australia fails election rego again
- Govt blocks surveillance inquiry extension
- Telstra cancels covert filter testing
- Consumer group has piracy conflict of interest
- Pirate Party slams ‘unjust’ surveillance upgrade
- iiNet wins High Court Internet piracy trial
- Pirate Party cautiously welcomes classification review
- R18+ game delays frustrate Pirate Party
- Pirate Party demands Australia reject ACTA treaty
- Attorney-General ignoring consumers: Pirate Party
- Pirate Party opposes anti-piracy warning scheme
- Pirate Party slams AFACT’s ISP “extortion”
- Australian web hosts wouldn’t host WikiLeaks
- iiNet, Pirate Party slam AFACT political moves