TPP Will Enact Laws America Has Already Rejected
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a “free trade” agreement that will bridge together a handful of countries – Australia, The United States, Japan, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada. Because the TPP aims to cater specifically to corporations and will encompass so many countries, some are even suggesting the world is headed towards a sort of global governance, in which corporations would have the greatest control.
Only 5 of the 29 chapters of the agreement deal with trade. Among the few details leaked include vast changes to intellectual property, pharmaceutical, and food safety laws.
In the leaked text of the intellectual property chapter it includes provisions similar to those in the failed SOPA legislation.
The TPP’s intellectual property chapter would affect a multitude of individual rights and free expression, and would have significant impacts on the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent, this chapter would affect you. If you farm or consume food, if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP will impact you.
Many portions of the enforcement section of this chapter are similar to those contained within the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act. Both of these bills were extremely unpopular and were overwhelmingly rejected by the American public.
These provisions include forcing internet service providers to crack down violators including those who might have done so accidentally. Fair use of copyrighted material would be limited. Internet service providers would be required to crack down on any infringement, which could put internet users’ freedom and ability to innovate at risk, and impose additional barriers to development and creative works.
These measures are not there to protect the American people; instead this is a way for corporate interests to get SOPA and PIPA passed by going through the backdoor, all in an effort to benefit multinational corporations by giving them more power.
The worst part is that this only comes from leaked text, and the final document could have even worse provisions. And while lobbyists for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, Cisco Systems Inc. and General Electric Co. been involved in the details of the negotiations our own legislators, such as Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson, are left in the dark.
Meanwhile the President is pushing for additional authority to ensure that little of the proceedings gets scrutiny before it is passed. Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority as it is also called, grants the President permission to make and sign any trade deal with another country. It then is sent to Congress, where they must vote on it with only an up/down vote. There is no committee session on the agreement, no possibility of a filibuster or amendments, and debates are limited.
Despite the growing concerns over Fast Track, the President is bent on getting it passed. Fast Track would only give the President less transparency over a trade agreement that if passed will have a devastating impact on the American economy.
If we are to stop Fast Track and the TPP, we must act now. Call your Congressional representative today and tell them to vote no on Fast Track!
Here is an example of what you can tell them:
Hello, my name is _(name)_. I am from _(city and state)_. I’m calling to urge Congressman/Congresswoman _________________ to vote against Fast Track Trade Authority. President Obama is asking Congress to give up its Constitutional role in overseeing trade negotiations. This silences the voice of the people by investing too much power in one office. In order to best represent your constituents, please vote NO on Fast Track Trade Authority.