Tell Congress to Vote No on the TPP
The final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has been released after more than five years of secret negotiations—and it's worse than we thought.
Due to years of activism by EFF and our many friends and supporters, the TPP was officially abandoned shortly after the 2016 Presidential election.
As the U.S. Trade Representative met with other delegates in the backrooms of luxury hotels around the world, lobbyists and corporate advisors were given special access to influence and see the text. Now that we have the completed text, it's obvious that U.S. trade officials have handed Hollywood its wish list of copyright-maximalist policies.
All the rules that uphold corporate interests are binding, while rules that recognize the public's rights are all non-binding.
That means that TPP countries would be obligated to enact restrictive copyright enforcement regulations and policies that enable "digital trade" of information, but not safeguards for our digital rights.
It's not too late to stop the TPP from going forward.
Since the White House signed the agreement in February, U.S. trade officials have been heavily lobbying Congress members, alongside powerful corporate representatives, to convince lawmakers to vote in favor of ratifying this anti-user deal.
The President could introduce a bill to ratify the TPP any week now. When he does, and all he needs is a simple majority. That's why we need to act now and call on our representatives to do two things:
1) Hold congressional hearings about the contents of the TPP and invite experts to testify about how it will impact people's right to free expression, privacy, and innovation online.
2) Vote no on this agreement due to the secretive, corporate-interest captured process that has led to all of TPP's provisions that expand restrictive digital regulations and threaten our digital rights.