Leaked TPP Pushes ISP Content Filters, Kicking Users Offline
by Karl Bode 09:15AM Friday Nov 15 2013 Tipped by humanfilth
Wikileaks this week released a copy
of the latest version of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that has been under construction behind closed doors for years. As we've long noted
, the TPP attempts to take some of the worst aspects of U.S. copyright law and foist them upon the globe. Mike Masnick at Techdirt has a good take
on what the TPP will do to copyright law in general, most notably making serious broad-scale copyright reform impossible.
On the broadband front, TPP continues the effort to make ISPs more liable for enforcement of copyright infringement on their networks. In other words, higher prices whether you pirate or not as the carrier passes notification, filtering and anti-piracy Whac-A-Mole support costs on to you.
Canadian law Professor Michael Geist points out
that there's a rift forming between the United States and Canada on just how liable ISPs should be, with the U.S. and Australia pushing for greater content blocking and possibly broadband user account termination:
The US proposal, which enjoys support from Australia (and support for some provisions from Singapore, New Zealand, and Peru) features far more conditions for ISP limitation of liability that could lead to subscriber service termination and content blocking (Canada, Brunei, Vietnam, and Mexico oppose the approach). Under the U.S. model, specific actions are required for specific limitations of liability. For example, a limitation of liability for automated caching is subject to four requirements, including "removing or disabling access, on receipt of an effective notification of claimed infringement, to cached material that has been removed or access to which has been disabled at the originating site."
In addition to greater ISP liability and the continued attempt to block content or kick users offline (ideas we had seemed to be moving away from globally and here in the States as draconian and dysfunctional), the leaked TPP draft also includes a measure that could make life harder for companies like Aereo to challenge the cable TV status quo. Directly from the TPP:
[US propose: Notwithstanding Article QQ.G.16 [limitations and exceptions] and Article QQ.G.14.3(b) [over the air broadcasting reference], no Party may permit the retransmission of television signals (whether terrestrial, cable, or satellite) on the Internet without the authorization of the right holder or right holders of the content of the signal and, if any, of the signal.]
Based on all of these changes it's fairly apparent which industry is in the driving seat when it comes to getting these proposals included in the draft. The EFF also has an analysis of the leaked TPP you should probably read here
Ok, here's the plan. We're going to cripple innovation, freedom and choice all for the sake of making sure a handful of companies keep getting to sell their crap without having to innovate.
| Why don't we all volunteer physically and intelligently, replace the current internet with our own? LOL!|
Have we ever did anything large scale, outside of 'community volunteering' on a really large scale project?
For instance why pay $100,000 to get programmers to make a game when we could get a large group of people to learn and cooperate to make codes for one?
It's open sourced in a way but that's not the point, the point is most things that we could pay to make things happen, can be physically done by hand and effort, if not for the 'legality' measures that the nation could have setup beforehand.
At one point we have these '3d printers' that companies are developing and they take investments to do so, but sometimes you see individuals who come out of nowhere and go "Here's a cheaper, easier, and interesting way to do it without spilling your guts for a company".
That's a killer for sure Only way to fight this would be to tighten the belt and cancel, forcing them to relax. I can go without tv, anyone can really. This would also have a beneficial effect of increasing overall intelligence, health, and social strength. More reading, more moving around, more making real friends instead of pseudo friends over facebook.
It's sad when DMCA looks like a good law Safe harbor provisions for ISPs are looking pretty good right now.
Classic case of onerous regulations being used to raise the cost of business, with no or negative benefit to the average person.
| |fuziwuziNot born yesterdayPremium
You know it is bad when... ... the Administration won't even allow Senators and Congressmen to have open access to the agreement. They have to be nearly stripsearched, are forbidden from taking notes, get a limited amount of time and only the Senator or Congressman can "see" it, not anyone from their staff. Yet, all the lawyers from the MPAA/RIAA, Sony, Comcast/Universal, etc. get an online logon/password to view it at any time they want, can freely copy, alter, etc. The Administration is also claiming they can sign this treaty and enforce it without approval from congress. Just who is running the government? (stupid question).
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