Although there are a few hold outs, for all practical purposes, the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty is dead. Its ramped up copyright measures would have threatened alternative media practices that are currently legal.
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Remember when Congress gave Obama fast track authority to negotiate a trade deal so secret, most lawmakers never got a look at it? Now we can know what’s in TPP thanks to the government of New Zealand. The US Congress still get’s to vote up or down on the matter, but cannot debate the details. One of the big secrets is how TPP would cripple alternative journalism with super restrictive copyright provisions.
If you’ve never heard of the Trans Pacific Partnership, you are not alone. Yet if you listened carefully to the State of the Union Address, you would have heard a reference to it when Obama said he was asking Congress for trade promotion authority. Knowledgeable conservatives, along with some liberals, oppose the measure which threatens national sovereignty, religious freedom and the US economy.
The movers and shakers behind the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty are so intent on getting their way that the public is not being adequately consulted. The TPP’s meeting location was recently shifted from one end of Canada to the other. And it seems the text of the developing agreement is only available to backers. If passed, the treaty would favor the Internet interests of big corporations and make life more difficult for low budget websites.