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Official Australian commission warn about the economic consequences of ‪TPP‬ Internet censorship

Posted by Soledad Vega on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:18

The TPP would criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money.

Article by Aimee Chanthadavong for ZDNet

The Australian Productivity Commission has raised concerns about how increasingly stringent intellectual property rights regulations could potentially impose restrictions on bypassing technological protection measures (TPMs), and encourage anti-competitive behaviour.

The annual Trade and Assistance Review 2013-14 report (PDF), which looks at how recent international policy developments will affect Australian trade, has indicated that when the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is signed off, the protection around intellectual property could become even more stringent.

The TPP agreement is nearing finalisation, and is aimed at simplifying trade between 12 nations: Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore.

The commissioner has said that the TPP could potentially go beyond the TPMs that have been set out by the World Trade Organisation Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement and the Australian Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).

The commissioner has highlighted this could mean that copyright holders, who are in the position to use TPMs, can potentially create their own additional de facto monopoly rights by restricting access on their own terms, and lead to anti-competitive results, with increased costs and decreased choice for consumers.

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