Beyond ACTA and SOPA: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Credit: flickr/Pierre Selim

Secret meetings held in Hollywood to extend copyright legislation to device memory buffers.

You didn't think the public trouncing of SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) and ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) would stop the music and movie lawyers, did you? Not according to Ars Technica. Intellectual property meetings hosted by the USTR (United States Trade Representative) in West Hollywood this week, closed to public advocacy organizations, are working to write new digital copyright regulations that reach across borders.

Based on leaked TPP documents examined last year, Hollywood wants to extend copyright protection to device memory buffers. Since ACTA is an enforcement bill, proponents of TPP regulations claim "not to exceed US law," but the meetings are secret, so who knows.


Makes me want to have an Occupy where we all sit out front of the record companies offices and sing (copyrighted) songs.

J Chris Anderson on

Sweet, now we have secret treaties to go along with our secret laws and secret prisons.

aiken_d on

These TPP laws would tromp all over my free speech rights as in computer code being self expression.

Doug Webb on


The process is that the copyright lobby groups go to the government and say "we want these new laws" and the government officials say "how much will you pay us for them?"

NegativeZero on

My first time hearing about it was on Japanese TV. Many Japanese are nervous about the effect of IP restrictions on the manga/self-publishing industry in Japan

po on

I would urge the US Office of Trade Representative to throw off such freedom-imposing treaties, and establish a proper transparent negotiations.

C.J. Thornflash on

In politics, you've got to define the playing field if you want to win. If you let the big copyright holders do all the defining, we get more of what we've gotten. We need a different viewpoint to balance things out.

waterlesscloud on


I honestly don't know if the content industries are arrogant, ignorant, or just plain stupid. They've been told time and time again how to "compete with free" (i.e. timely releases, reasonable pricing, convenient format).

nzgeek on

We should now on assume that every politician is bought and paid for until otherwise proven innocent. The tech industry needs to take the kid gloves off

shareme on

Boycott Hollywood. The one thing that could really hurt them and no one is suggesting it.

Franc kaos on

Secret negotiations on issues that affect every consumer of mass media? Will this become an issue, or get overlooked during an election year?

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