Act Now Against Latest Rushed, Secret Trade Agreement

EFF is calling for folks concerned over the constant ratcheting of copyright maximalism to speak out against The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

[The] trade agreement currently being negotiated by the United States and eight other countries: New Zealand, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Like previous U.S. free trade agreements, the TPP includes a chapter on Intellectual Property. Based on previous U.S. free trade agreements like the U.S.-Korea FTA, it is likely to export controversial parts of U.S. Copyright law like the DMCA’s ban on circumventing digital locks without any of the exceptions and limitations that have enabled technological innovation, user generated content and education, to flourish in the U.S.

It may be tempting to see this as less of a concern than ACTA, to which EFF compares it. The negotiating parties are quite a bit different even if TPP is being discussed under the same veil of secrecy and on just as rushed, if not more so, a timetable.

The risk with intellectual monopoly enforcement being crafted absent the public interest in any trade agreement is that once some new rules or powers gain a toehold anywhere, they inevitably make their way into future such negotiations. EFF has a laundry list of the enforcement measures tabled by the US, often the main instigator for increasingly broad, over reaching enforcement.

Read through the list and see if the prospect of these measures becoming the international standard bothers you as much as it does me. If so and any of your elected representative are on the two relevant Congressional committees, please use the provided form to act.

Don’t Let TPP Become the New ACTA: Contact Your Lawmakers and Demand Transparency! EFF

Submit Comments on ACTA to USTR Today

The FSF has been running a campaign against ACTA as it is being mulled over by the office of the US Trade Representative. Bradley Kuhn of the Software Conservancy has a timely reminder to act by submitting a comment now before time runs out. He has plenty of details about how to share your thoughts, including a link to the FSF campaign, as well as sharing his own comment if you need inspiration.

Everyone in USA: Comment against ACTA today! Bradley Kuhn

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Latest Video from Copyfighting Rapper

Dan Bull’s activist, rapping (rap-tivist?) songs and videos have addressed many recent copyright skirmishes from the hypocritical ravings of Lily Allen to the trauma of internet disconnection once promised under the Digital Economy Act. enigmax at TorrentFreak was the first to share Bull’s latest, targeting ACTA. (Although Mike Masnick at Techdirt told us it was coming yesterday as part of a case study of Bull’s work that is also well worth the read.)

TorrentFreak got in touch with Dan Bull for an interview to go along with the release of his latest work. If you are unfamiliar with ACTA, its a good way to get caught up on the broad strokes of the concerns over the trade agreement. If you like Bull’s work as much as I do, go to his store where you can sample his debut album for free or better yet send him a donation.

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TCLP 2010-09-26 News

This is news cast 225, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, thanks to Steve for his latest donation which also means he gets the signed copies of Wizzywig 1 & 2. Also, an announcement of audio and feed changes to go in effect on October 3rd.

This week’s security alert is a more in-depth look at the Stuxnet worm.

In this week’s news Intel to use DRM to charge for processor features and why that is problematic, an Ubuntu designer shares his thoughts on a context aware UI, a course on the anthropology of hackers (one I wish UMD’s MITH would offer), and the FCC finalizes rules for white space devices (including details on those rules) prompting one commissioner to speculate we no longer need net neutrality rules.

Following up this week the MPAA wants to know if it can use ACTA to block WikiLeaks and one judge quashes a US Copyright Group subpoena.

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