Canada officially joins the closed-door Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

by Colonel on October 11, 2012

“Canada has officially joined Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, a move that Canadian Internet advocates say could result in harsh restrictions on Internet use in Canada and leave ordinary citizens facing heavy fines and banishment from the online world over accusations of copyright infringement.

Canada will join the talks with the 15th round of negotiations, scheduled to take place early December in Auckland, New Zealand.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition protesting Canada’s participation in the agreement, which Open Media warns could impose draconian restrictions on the Internet and cost Canada its sovereignty when it comes to Internet law.

The  move puts Canadian content protection, long defended by the Canadian government, on the negotiating table.

…large American music and movie industry groups see the TPP as an opportunity to force Canada to change its copyright legislation.

” — Gillian Shaw, Copyright 2012 The Vancouver Sun

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