Secret Trade Agreement Coming To Censor Your Internet

Part of the chapter on intellectual property, has to do with internet providers.  Although laws already exist, such as the example above regarding YouTube's actions, these new laws would require internet service providers (ISP) to start policing the content they are delivering to their users (private copyright enforcers).  Worse yet, all the ISP's would need to take down content or even completely obliterate a website would be a notice from an alleged copy right holder.  Michael Geist, an expert on internet legal issues stated:

“What if someone gets a court order saying there's some infringing content on YouTube, which I assume there is? Does that mean an ISP is now obligated to block YouTube?”

Big corporate interests are in favor of most of these restrictive laws.  Movie studios and music artists and producers naturally have a right to protect their property.  However, this goes far beyond movies and music.  The TPP's intellectual property rights section covers anytime anyone shares content on the internet—not for financial gain (or for financial loss which is why the movies and music have been regulated), but anytime we all share ideas.  It could be like 1984, the thought police, and yes you may even go to jail.

Source CBC News

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