The Daily Bell: TPP to Criminalize Information Sharing

TPP to Criminalize Information Sharing
By Daily Bell Staff – February 19, 2016

The article in question, about DeMarcus Cousins showing support for embattled head coach George Karl, was published February 13 … Now when you click on the article on Amico Hoops, it immediately redirects you to Sactown Royalty … it’s probably a lesson learned for Amico’s site. Just because you throw a link up at the bottom doesn’t mean you can just take someone else’s content wholesale and make a profit on it. That’s old school Internet thinking that just doesn’t work anymore. And really, it never did in the first place. –

Never before has it been easier to copy someone’s text and republish it.

But as we can see in this excerpt, some social commentators see the Internet’s ability to replicate and disseminate information as a serious threat to intellectual property.

Of course, the Internet was built on the sharing of many kinds of information – what the excerpt above calls “old school Internet thinking.”

Politicians across the world have long been panicked about the direction in which the Internet is taking us. The latest example of this can be seen in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade treaty, which is currently nearing ratification.

A very significant element of TPP is the continued criminalization of copyright, which used to be a civil matter.

The criminalization of copyright is ongoing but because the sharing of information is such a basic human instinct, the statutes simply haven’t been applied.

People have no idea what has been criminalized, nor their liability. And most provisions are rarely enforced because when they are, the majority opinion is one of shock and indignation.

Back in 2011, law professor John Tehranian wrote a paper entitled, “Infringement Nation: Copyright Reform and the Law/Norm Gap.” In it, he catalogued the day of a typical Internet user and then calculated the criminal liability.

The average American, he discovered, could be liable for nearly $5 billion per year if every act of copyright infringement were prosecuted. And that did not even include P2P file sharing.

The point was that the average individual did not know he was a lawbreaker and there was no real way to prosecute because no one was really responsible for enforcement.

Enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

RT has just reported on a significant strengthening of this criminalization in TPP, as follows:

TPP undergoes stealthy changes that expand penalties for copyright infringement …While the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was released last November, a legal combing of the deal modified some language that resulted in substantially heavier penalties for copyright infringement.

Since the November finalization of the text, parties involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free-trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim nations, have had their lawyers engaged in a “legal scrub” of the document … Jeremy Malcolm at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) caught a change made during the legal scrub in the intellectual property chapter of the agreement that has far-reaching implications for copyright infringement law.

The change turned the word “paragraph” into “subparagraph” and Malcolm believes it will force countries to criminalize copyright infringement even when copyright holders aren’t harmed (and presumably see the “infringement” as either neutral or positive).

Ultimately, the idea is to criminalize the very use of a URL – whether or not the URL-holder is comfortable with its use.

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One Response to The Daily Bell: TPP to Criminalize Information Sharing

  1. Robert Owen says:

    None of this is gonna matter. The people are sovereign. We have already begn taking back this country from the vermin of the Jesuit Order of the Satanic Crown Templar and Rothchild banking empire, for we have exposed their fraud before the world court and the Vatican where the Pope finally issued his edict that the rule of law and the organic constitution that was here in 1789, was usurped to create by criminal fraud, semantic deceit, and identity theft and thus any TPP legislation will not have any effect or de jure authority when Obama and the Bush Clinton mob of genocidal murderers are brought to justice for treason against the people of the western hemisphere and for his war crimes and crimes against humanity. He will be arrested and his life magnetized to live out the rest of his life in obscurity.We are sovereign and that means there is no higher authority than us. We give NO CONSENT unless you wish to be ruled by a satanic tyrant.
    If you wish to see what we are doing in the State of OR, we have already begun to re-establish our sovereign primacy as we are dismantling the old regime of the new world order, that the Pope as CEO of the parent corporation of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is once again insolvent as was established at the UN security Council in 2013. Its over for them so all this is propaganda.

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