Understanding TPP, ACTA's nastier, more secret little brother

On TechDirt, Glyn Moody covers the highlights of a new report by Carrie Ellen Sager of infojustice.org that compares the provisions in ACTA, the secretly negotiated copyright treaty currently up for adoption in Europe, the USA and other countries; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a more extreme, more secretive version of ACTA being negotiated by various Pacific Rim countries.

On "Technological Protection Measures" TPP has two nasty turns of the infringement screw:

TPP goes beyond ACTA by applying provisions on technological protection where circumvention is carried out unknowingly or without reasonable grounds to know.


TPP goes beyond ACTA by explicitly limiting the possible limitations and exclusions to the TPM circumvention rules, while ACTA gives a country free reign to create exceptions and limitations it finds reasonable.

The second of those is particularly troublesome, since it reduces the scope for signatories to introduce more balanced copyright laws even if they wanted to.

Where TPP Goes Beyond ACTA -- And How It Shows Us The Future Of IP Enforcement


  1. Just a quick question. Is anyone organising a boycott yet? I could do without buying any MPAA related movies or music until this stops.

    1. Gosh, maybe someone will set up an internet petition, too. We can only hope to produce a leader who can bring these forces of group intent to bear on the workings of nobody.

    2. Why organize a boycott when you can just do it?

      The trick is, a boycott isn’t actually all that effective.

      What you need is protest. I’ve proposed ideas for protest, but I haven’t really gotten any feedback, and I don’t have experience with organizing protest.

      But, really, picketing movie theaters on release nights of big MPAA films, and concert venues where big RIAA artists are playing, is the way to go IMO.

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