Masnick: Public Interest Groups Speak Out About Next Week’s Secret Meeting In Hollywood To Negotiate TPP (Think International SOPA)

by Stephan Kinsella on January 30, 2012

The onslaught of IP legislation and international agreements has not abated. Here’s Mike Masnick from Techdirt on the secret negotiations for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), an “agreement that the entertainment industry is betting on to get SOPA-like laws introduced around the globe.” Here’s the Wikipedia information on the controversial IP aspects of the TPP.

Public Interest Groups Speak Out About Next Week’s Secret Meeting In Hollywood To Negotiate TPP (Think International SOPA)

from the speak-up dept

We’ve been pointing out all week that the anti-SOPA folks who just discovered ACTA shouldn’t stop there, but should pay close attention to what’s happening with the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). That’s the agreement that the entertainment industry is betting on to get SOPA-like laws introduced around the globe. And, if you thought that ACTA was negotiated in secret, you haven’t seen anything. Rather than learn their lesson from the excessive and damaging secrecy around ACTA, it appears that the USTR has decided that the lesson to learn is “we can be as secret as we want… and we still win.” Of course, this seriously underestimates the mood of the public towards backroom deals on IP laws that will benefit a few large industries at the expense of the public (in a big, big way).

To show just how ridiculous this is, it has been leaked out that next week there will be a negotiation over TPP. Unlike ACTA, where at least the negotiators would admit where and when negotiations were happening (though, not always with much time for others to get there in time), the TPP negotiations are kept entirely in the dark from the public. However, it has leaked out that the next negotiation is happening from January 31st through February 4th… in West Hollywood (where else?). A bunch of public interest groups are speaking out against this super secret process, and will be hosting an event in LA the day before these negotiations, to educate people on just how bad TPP is. If you’re in the area, it’ll be worth attending (details at the link above).

For a listing of this and other IP laws, see The Mountain of IP Legislation.

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