When SOPA and PIPA, the House and Senate bills to impose draconian regulations on the internet in the name of “protecting intellectual property rights” broke through into public awareness late last year, it caused an immediate, widespread, grassroots protest movement to rise up. With some of the biggest websites on the internet staging a one-day blackout to raise awareness of the legislation, millions were mobilized against it. So loud was the opposition to these bills that they were postponed on the legislative agenda and effectively killed off.
Now, many of the same issues are on the table yet again. This time the culprit is another impenetrable acronym, “TPP” or the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Negotiations on this multinational trade deal have been underway for years, but taking place completely behind closed doors, meaning the only understanding we have of what is contained in the deal comes from leaked copies of draft negotiation documents. This deal, like ACTA, seeks to create a standardized regulatory framework for dealing with Intellectual Property issues, as well as other trade related issues between a range of Pacific nations. And it has so far flown almost completely under the radar.
In this episode of our EyeOpener Report James Corbett presents and discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the latest round of negotiations that are currently taking place behind closed doors in Leesburg-Virginia, the blanket secrecy covering the deal, the urgency for the public’s awareness, and the need for informed and organized resistance to counter this coming treaties highly worrisome provisions. …
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