Reddit user Ghostly-Dog posted a leaked scan of the intellectual property rites section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Friday morning.
According to Ghostly-Dog, “Some claim [this document] will destroy the internet as we know it”.
His fears are well grounded, as it seems that there is some language in the TPP that would most certainly challenge the concept of net-neutrality.
Net-neutrality calls for an intervention free Internet and its supporter’s balk at the slightest mention of policing or censoring Internet content in any way.
According to another article written for The Independent this section of the TPP certainly contains language that would be in direct contrast to a free and open Internet.
“Under this TPP proposal, Internet Service Providers could be required to ‘police’ user activity (i.e. police YOU), take down Internet content, and cut people off from Internet access for common user-generated content” the article reads.
According to the same article the TPP could also lead to, “Ruinous statutory damages with no proof of actual harm, and government seizures of computers and equipment involved in alleged infringement.”
Speaking on the subject of Internet content in a global trade agreement is unorthodox to say the least, and tech activists were quick to make the strangeness of the language known.
“"Despite containing many provisions that go far beyond the scope of traditional trade policy, the public is kept in the dark as these deals continue to be negotiated behind closed doors with heavy influence from only a limited subset of stakeholders," wrote a number of Tech influencers in an open letter to Congress.
Trade agreements such as these are made behind closed doors, but the full text of the deal will be made publicly available next month.
And it seems like a very safe bet to assume that there will be more controversies of this kind when that day finally comes.
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