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Open Media catches Ottawa pulling a fast one.

Postby meteorite » Wed May 08, 2013 8:49 pm

This is a reproduction of their latest notice - and it needs serious attention. Yes, I have signed the protest.

“The Biggest Global Threat to the Internet”: That’s how legal experts describe the controversial international agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).1

The TPP agreement threatens to criminalize use of your favorite websites—including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and your favourite blog—and even your online comments.2 But you can stop it if you act now >>>

A man named Michael Froman has just been appointed as the new TPP chief negotiator. Froman now has a unique ability either to put this secretive, global Internet criminalization plan to an end – or to cement it into place for generations.

The question is: Who will Michael Froman hear from in his first week on the job? You, or the Big Media conglomerates that see the Internet as a threat?

Legal experts are now warning that under the TPP, normal online activities “could lead you to be cut off from the Internet, have your computer seized, be fined up to $150,000, or even land you in prison.”3

Will you *click here* to send a message to Michael Froman at this pivotal moment? We must speak up before Big Media lobbyists convince him to criminalize use of the Internet.

We can do this,

Steve and Josh, on behalf of your OpenMedia team

P.S. After you participate in this time-sensitive action, please help us continue to push this campaign by chipping in whatever you can now—every bit really does help our small team succeed. Thank you for supporting this community in its time of need.


[1] Recent analysis by lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation called the TPP the biggest global threat to the Internet. Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

[2] Provisions in leaked drafts of the TPP could prohibit use of “temporary copies”, which according to policy experts at InternetNZ, are crucial: “The Internet—and computing—fundamentally depends on making temporary copies.”

The EFF writes that if this proceeds, “anyone who ever views content on their device could potentially be found liable of infringement”.

[3] The quote comes from the EFF’s Maira Sutton writing in the Daily Dot.

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Re: Open Media catches Ottawa pulling a fast one.

Postby meteorite » Thu May 16, 2013 11:16 pm

This is the followup to the previous. Again yes, I have signed the protest. I hope you will too.

Here's your update
Posted by Josh Tabish on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 19:56

Fair Deal International

Lobbyists and government representatives from a dozen countries are meeting in Peru at this very moment to “accelerate” their work on the TPP’s Internet censorship rules. We’re firing back by launching a special international coalition called Our Fair Deal to stop those who want to criminalize and censor our use of the Internet. We hope we can count on you to join us.

Take action!

Here’s a special update from your team.

New reports state that you’ve made Internet censorship a “challenging” issue for those behind the extreme Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.1 In response, lobbyists and government representatives from a dozen countries are meeting in Peru at this very moment to “accelerate” the secretive process.2

So, today we’re launching a new international coalition called Our Fair Deal. You can be a founding member and stand against Internet censorship at this unique moment by signing onto our statement of principle: “We reject copyright proposals that restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity, and our fundamental rights.”

The Big Media lobby is throwing everything they have at us.3We can’t let these lobbyists manipulate our government representatives and ruin our future.

We have coalition partners on the ground in Peru who will speak directly to the TPP “negotiators”, but in order to have leverage they need to show they have large numbers behind them.

Building the 'Our Fair Deal' coalition is our only chance to stop Big Media from censoring and criminalizing the web. Click here -- -- to join us now before it’s too late.

– Steve, Josh and Lindsey on behalf of your OpenMedia team

P.S. Those of us behind your nimble team are doing our very best to stand up against those who wish to take away your Internet freedom. Please chip whatever you can today so we can continue.


[1] & [2] USTR: IPRs Among “Most Challenging” Issues as TPP Talks Accelerate. Source: Intellectual Property Watch.

[3] Disney is trying to use the TPP to increase its control over how we access content. Source: Computer World.
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