Canada hopes to protect its copyright laws from the TPP

Copyright activists like OpenMedia are pushing the new Liberal government of Canada to protect the status quo from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Under the current system in Canada, a copyright holder must prove to a judge that a violation has taken place before the material they object to is taken down. The TPP would require any post to be taken down immediately if a complaint is filed against it.

“Canadians don’t realize that the way that they use the Internet every day is going to change dramatically,” said Meghan Sali, a spokeswoman for OpenMedia.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has claimed that the IP chapter of the TPP will protect copyright holders and corporations at the expense of the public.

The new TPP logs could be so broad that a person posting a photo or a clip from say, an NFL game could have their content taken down, be fined, or face other legal consequences.

“It seems to me very possible that you could have something that’s legal in Canada that could be required to be taken down based on a ruling in a different TPP country,” said Michael Geist, a law professor and copyright expert.

The full content of the TPP’s IP chapter was released by Wikileaks and can be read here. Read it and decide for yourselves.

The bill must still face an up-or-down vote in Congress.


[The Toronto Star] [EFF] [Wikileaks]


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