This week’s internet controversy focuses on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement: signed off last week but still not made public.
Well, not officially. Wikileaks released what it claimed was the full text of the international agreement’s intellectual-property chapter – including provisions related to piracy.
They include a rule that countries signing the agreement must put in place “legal remedies” for copyright holders to co-operate with ISPs in deterring “unauthorised storage and transmission” of pirated content; including a framework for ISPs to share details of alleged infringers with rightsholders.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has already criticised the agreement: “All of the provisions that recognize the rights of the public are non-binding, whereas almost everything that benefits rightsholders is binding…”