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I am Doing some research on the trans-pacific partnership treaty which would force the US to adopt copyright laws that allow the government to abuse copyright law like no other. The TPP would make the government able to take internet communications which all ISPS would be required to collect by spying on customers to allow the government to find “alleged” copyright infringement, and simply make one accusation of infringement, by saying “this site is filled with pirated links”, without proof, and then force ISPS to tell the copyright holder, force intermediaries like google to shut down the sites in question, and would also penalize temporary copies (think youtube buffer copies) as infringement as well. The spying (deep packet inspection), would be used to frivolously find such buffer copies and then accuse anyone watching any video with anything copyrighted in them with criminal infringement for simply watching the video! Basically this allows the government to legalize censorship of/frivolous lawsuits directed at  any site they see one accusation of infringement on (99% of the internet), or any site the government accuses of infringement based on the fact that they don’t have to prove links on the site infringe. That would be enough to get you arrested and sued under TPP!! One FALSE accusation. According to this site (found while researching TPP), all these  groups/corporations/whatever all lobbied for the TPP, which could be used to take down 99% of the cool parts of the internet, including gaming websites (planetquake,etc), modding sites (moddb, ANY site that hosts mods that have one accusation of infringement), youtube, amazon mp3, internet radio (pandora, etc), indie music sites (soundcloud, reverbnation, etc), and blogging hosts and social networks. It’s scary how the language could be used to censor the internet for “alleged” infringement.

As a consumer, simply complaining to the government and signing petitions, isn’t enough. IMHO. I am considering not buying anything from these groups  until (A) The TPP removes the temporary copies section to prevent buffer copies to be used in frivolous lawsuits takedowns of people who simply watch youtube videos of something that is allegedly infringement (there is a LOT of fraudulent youtube copyright claims especially to lets players, because content ID doesn’t require proof of copyright)  (B) removes the section that says the government doesn’t have to name every “infringing” link without proof of any kind for the ISP to take down the site and replaces it with direct confirmation from the copyright holder with proof of his copyright before the government forces the ISPS to remove said site (C) adds a section that requires a court order with proof of infringement included before the ISP can give deep packet inspection results to the government to find “alleged” infringement (D) Removes the section that mandates that copyright infringement for no profit is criminal infringement.  (E) Enacts Stiff penalties and jail time for falsely accusing someone of infringement, even if it was by accident, to be paid by both the government and the copyright holder.  If none of these changes happen or the US government even attempts to pass these provisions as  law without these changes I shall do everything in my ability to tell people who feel like they could be targeted under the buffer copies BS section for fraudulent infringement,  how to fool deep packet inspection using free plugins for browsers that are easily downloaded.  I already know how. Even if some of the corporations/etc on the list below didn’t lobby for the TPP for it’s IP chapter, It’s still a bad thing to lobby for something like this, and I still don’t really want to buy from them.

Corporations (how many times they lobbied for TPP)

Dow Chemical 12
Dairy Farmers of America 11
Generic Pharmaceutical Assn 11
News Corp 7
Biogen Idec 7
American Automotive Policy Council 7
Milliken & Co 6
Ann Taylor 6
Libbey Inc 6
Boilermakers Union 6
Abbott Laboratories 6
Communications Workers of America 6
Corning Inc 5
Cascade Designs 5
Gildan 5
Alliance for American Manufacturing 5
Footwear Distribs & Retailers of America 5
National Milk Producers Federation 5
McWane Inc 5
Net Coalition 4
Computer & Communications Industry Assn 4
Retail Industry Leaders Assn 4
Biotechnology Industry Organization 4
American Iron & Steel Institute 4
American Manufacturing Trade Action Cltn 4
Fiat SPA 4
National Amusements Inc 4
Express Scripts 4
Prudential Financial 3
International Longshoremens Assn 3
Herbalife International 3
American Farm Bureau 3
Library Copyright Alliance 3
Oceana 3
American Frozen Food Institute 3
Outdoor Industry Assn 3
USA Rice Federation 3
American Assn of Exporters & Importers 3
Homer Laughlin China Co 2
Technology Assn of America 2
National Corn Growers Assn 2
Campbell Soup 2
Animal Health Institute 2
Tyco Electronics 2
American Academy of Family Physicians 2
National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn 2
Cargill Inc 2
Tyson Foods 2
General Electric 2
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees 1
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America 1
Burlington Industries 1
Dell Inc 1
IBM Corp 1
Intel Corp 1
Public Citizen 1
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affl 1
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids 1
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund 1
NETWORK 1
New York Farm Bureau Federation 1
Illinois Agricultural Assn 1
Visa Inc 1
Nucor Corp 1

(there are others on the site I got this from, but naming them puts me in risk for a “libel” lawsuit, so I am not naming them here)

Sites possibly effected by TPP:

Amazon
Youtube
Facebook
Moddb
Itunes
3dgamers archive
ANY and All of the following gaming sites:
Seriously
Duke4ever
Doomworld
TESNexus
Doom3world
Fallout3nexus
Planethalflife
Func-Messgboard (look it up)
Quaddicted
Unrealsp.org
Beyondunreal.com
Payne Reactor
Planet Deus Ex
The Admirals Command Chamber
Tenfourmaps.telefragged.com
Underworldfans quake review site
Darkplaces
Zdoom.org
Gzdoom website
D2x-xl
Kmquake2
Prboomplus
Doom Legacy
DarkXL
DukePlus
Eduke32 website
Reverbnation
Purevolume
Soundcloud
4Shared
Myspace Music
Myspace
4Shared
Dropbox
FileFront/Gamefront
Atomic Gamer
Rapidshare
4Filehosting.com
Completegamer.net
Mediafire.com
Sendspace.com
Vimeo.com
Zippyshare.com
Blogspot
Wordpress

UPDATE:

Recently the Openmedia group emailed me with this link, it’s a form to email the supporters/drafters of the Trans-Pacific partnership with your concerns. They will display your posts on a wall when they get invited to the next meeting on sep 6-15. I already filled in mine, to give them my 2 cents, I suggest you do the same.  I signed up with them for updates send to my email, that’s how I got the link. Pretty lucky I did. Imagine the backlash when dozens of people email these people with what they all think. It could change the mind of the people and supporters “who are on the fence”, especially people who support video streaming sites, gaming sites, internet radio, etc. If you post the form, make sure to mention how it could be used to take down sites fraudulently, without proof by the government, how it could be used to arrest online video viewers for simply watching a allegedly copyrighted video on a video streaming site because of the temporary copies clause, and also mention how the links that are infringing don’t have to be mentioned all by name, just the assurance of the gov’t that the site has a lot of “infringing links”. It’s important that you don’t actually mention any sites I think could be affected by name,  like “youtube.com” or similar. You don’t want to give them ammo to go after such sites if it goes the way they want.

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