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I’ve been writing about TPP here for the last few days, because In My Opinion, THIS is the big threat to the internet that SOPA wishes it was. For the people who haven’t read any of my posts and don’t know about this at all, TPP is a secret treaty being negotiated by 9 countries (including the US), that is being used to secretly pass downright stupid copyright infringement laws that will end up being abused like no other to take down sites the government finds “infringing”, that’s right, the copyright holder doesn’t have to complain, it’s the governments call, and even scarier according to this site, the government has to simply say the site has infringing links, without proof, without direct specification of which links are actually infringing and the ISPS will be forced to take it down, the person will be forced into jail, will probably be sued too,  because now the ISPS’s will be forced to tell copyright holders the names of anyone found guilty under the proposed legislation of copyright infringement, on the sole account of the government saying “this site infringes, these are the links, etc”. Only that. NO PROOF REQUIRED…

The site goes into the differences between the proposed legislation and the current US copyright law. Among other things, the current copyright law refuses to penalize people for infringing on copyright based on temporary buffer copies PC’s and other devices make, criminal copyright infringement requires at last $1000 dollars to be made with the illegal copies, while TPP would assume ALL copyright infringement is criminal, regardless of how much money is made, so therefore people infringing on copyright who do not make money off of it would all be guilty of criminal infringement under the TPP! It only gets scarier when you read some of the leaked text from the TPP leaked document, that the site linked above shows to see how draconian and corrupt the TPA really is…

“Each Party shall provide that in civil judicial proceedings . . . (b) its judicial authorities shall have the authority to order that materials and implements that have been used in the manufacture or creation of such pirated or counterfeit goods be, without compensation of any sort, promptly destroyed or, in exceptional circumstances, without compensation of any sort, disposed of outside the channels of commerce in such a manner as to minimize the risks of further infringements . . . .”

This text basically says if someone is found guilty under TPP of “criminal infringement” (aka simply any kind of infringement under TPP), and their PC was used to “create” the infringement, the “judiciary authorities” would be forced to “destroy” their PC, to “minimize future infringements”, from that person. Now if the person is uploading illegal music/movies/whatever, that’s one thing. But the TPP also illegalizes any ALLEGED infringement from both permanent and temporary copies. Anyone viewing a video on youtube that is simply alleged to be infringing by the government would end up getting the temporary copies put on their pc. They would get their PC destroyed to “minimize future infringement”. See where this is going?

“Willful copyright or related rights piracy on a commercial scale includes: (a) significant willful copyright or related rights infringements that have no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain . . . .”

This makes it so even if an infringer doesn’t make money off the “infringement” he still is guilty of “Criminal Infringement”.

“. . . that its judicial authorities shall have the authority to order, among other measures, the forfeiture of any assets traceable to the infringing activity, and shall order such forfeiture at least in cases of trademark counterfeiting . . . .”

Lets say some video or some other site online is ACCUSED of infringement. If someone uses anything from that site/video to make something else, the government has the right to destroy that site/video too!

“. . . that its authorities may initiate legal action ex officio with respect to the offenses described in this Chapter, without the need for a formal complaint by a private party or right holder.”

The copyright holder does not have to publicly accuse the infringer. It’s the governments call to what is infringing, and they can “initiate legal action” for whatever reason they want whatsoever. This is free grounds for the government to accuse anyone of infringement without proof from the copyright holder…

“The TPP does not include a limitation on liability of nonprofit educational institutions, as § 512(e) does.”

Anything found infringing, created by a “non-profit educational institution”, would be treated as criminal infringement. Under copyright law there is a limitation on liability which prevents such institutions from being accused of this due to “educational value”. This would illegalize any infringement that is used for such value such as, video game commentary (!)/lets plays/ etc, news broadcasts, video game review, software reviews, etc.

“In the case of notices regarding an information location tool pursuant to paragraph (b)(i)(D) of Article 16.3, the information provided must be reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the reference or link residing on a system or network controlled or operated by or for it, except that in the case of a notice regarding a substantial number of references or links at a single online site residing on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider, a representative list of such references or links at the site may be provided, if accompanied by information sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the references or links.”

Under the TPP, if the government merely claims a site has a lot of infringing links, that’s enough proof for them. Under current copyright law, the accuser has to prove what links are infringing. This allows TPP to be used for widespread frivolous attacks on anything the government deems infringing, without any proof whatsoever.  In the last article I posted, the sheer amount of youtube video’s that could be merely accused of copyright infringement is quite high.  It includes far more than infringing music uploads…

“Video game commentary, Video game reviews, Video game walkthroughs, Lets plays, video’s of mods for video games especially ones that include content from other games, their are tons of that,  videos of video games that have background music that just HAPPENS to be copyrighted by someone, video’s showing live performances of bands or videos of bands, even if those videos are uploaded by the BANDS OWN LABEL, behind the scenes videos of bands in the studio that play the tracks after being recorded, even though they are uploaded by the BANDS own label, advertisements for any site that hosts indie music, indie music directly uploaded to youtube by the ARTISTS THEMSELVES, indie music uploaded by an artist separately from their own indie hosting site (think reverbnation) not knowing that reverbnation/etc,  happened to copyright it,  clips from TV shows, even ones uploaded with the copyright holders permission, TV shows uploaded with permission, any video where the permission has been secured to upload it,  and any video someone claims fraudulent copyright on, without actually owning the copyright!”

That’s a lot the government can take down with TPP, without having to prove anything. Youtube video links count as links under the TPP, and all the government has to do is merely claim youtube is filled with infringing links and that will be grounded to take them down.

“Without prejudice to Articles 11(1)(ii), 11bis(1)(i) and (ii), 11ter(1)(ii), 14(1)(ii), and 14bis(1) of the Berne Convention, each Party shall provide to authors the exclusive right to authorize or prohibit the communication to the public of their works, by wire or wireless means, including the making available to the public of their works in such a way that members of the public may access these works from a place and at a time individually chosen by them.”

Under this, any site that has any link to something allegedly infringing, that allows people to view them whenever they want, can be blocked by copyright holders if they own the copyright. This is not limited to Youtube (obviously), Any site that links to any content hosted on any of the constantly called infringing hosting sites such as 4shared, amazon MP3 which allows people to purchase digitally mp3 music any time they want, which counts as ” making available to the public of their works in such a way that members of the public may access these works from a place and at a time individually chosen by them”, any and all game modding sites, they also count under this, basically any site that hosts content that someone thinks is infringing and allows access to free downloading.

Now… I looked up more info on the TPP, and wondered who was lobbying for this pile of crap law. I thought everyone’s favorite music industry representative would be on the list but they arent. MPAA is, however, surprisingly so is the ESA, the entertainment software association and many other tech groups, including Yahoo!. The list is on this site.  Under the TPP ANY of the following sites could be taken down…

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

If you are a fan of any of these sites, I highly suggest you talk to your congressmen about this treaty, being legislated behind their backs, circumventing the supreme court, for the sole purpose of government led

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witch hunts against anyone they claim is copyright infringing. You do this with one click of a button at this site.

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If you thought SOPA and ACTA were the end of Copyright fraud BS legislation you are wrong… Enter TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This is like SOPA X10. The treaty is secretly being discussed among certain countries, including US and Canada. No one knows the entire text of it. It’s being done in secret. But a leak revealed that BS copyright infringement Censorship is part of it.  Not only does it demand that ISPS shut down any site that “allegedly” infringes,  it requires “internet incendiaries” (without even saying what these are) to shut down anyone’s access if they repeatedly commit alleged copyright infringement.  It also requires the internet to be filtered for any “alleged” copyright infringement, therefore possibly censoring the following material, which all could be seen as copyright infringing:

-Actual Copyright infringement themed sites, aka Warez, etc. Shut down. But they deserve it so moving on.

-Any site that could allow people to post infringing material, facebook, youtube, blogs, etc. Youtube, facebook, Blogs

-Any and all video game modding sites.

-Any and all file hosting sites, 4shared, the late megaupload, dropbox, filefront, any of the video gaming related file upload sites such as 3dgamers archive, atomic gamer, etc,  any of them! ALL SHUT DOWN. No more gaming files online, ANYWHERE, for people in any of these countries.

-Any Site that posts music, such as soundcloud, reverbnation, youtube, etc. Already soundcloud made the do not advertise on list of a big advertising site, for being a “piracy” related site, so did every single file hosting site I mentioned here and many more, INCLUDING Several gaming related ones.

-Any site that post lets plays of video games. The right to display a game is a copyright issue. Many lets plays get taken down by alleged copyright infringement claims on youtube. Some are fraudulent but some probably are not. I absolutely love lets plays and if this bill gets passed then lets plays WILL be targeted next.

-Any site that allows “legal” mp3 downloads, Itunes, Amazon Mp3. Don’t tell me the copyright moguls won’t use this to shut them down too. I am calling it. Amazon SHUT down due to this. The entire site would go, not JUST the mp3 portion. No more amazon.

What is left not on this list. Just news sites. Really. That’s it.

But that’s just the tip of this pathetic shit covered iceberg of a law..

Besides having to filter “possible” or “alleged” infringing sites, the ISPS also have to block them and copyright holders also have to be told about any site that is allegedly infringing on their copyright. Already dozens of idiots on youtube are abusing the ContentID system to claim they own copyright on anything they want, without proof. Imagine how much that will increase after this. Pretty much any site online could be taken down for ANY reason just for an ALLEGATION of an infringement by someone who Might not even OWN the copyright!  I highly suggest that anyone who is into any of the above to visit EFF and click the take action button so that your REP’s and Senators know about this… I already have… The copyright moguls have already successfully shut down megaupload (Without SOPA) and the Files I UPLOADED THERE for my modding blog, something I am VERY Pissed off about. I had LEGAL, Non Infringing files uploaded to megaupload because it was the only site that would host bigger files. He decided my files needed to be shut down. None of my files were infringing. All they were video game mods. I lost them all due to this BS. Imagine of ALL the gaming archives get shut down due to “infringement”. EVERY SINGLE GAMING related file would be deleted. ALL of them. No more patches. No more mods. No more skins, no more editing tools. Thousands of addon maps ALL GONE, nevermind all the mp3 download sites, music sharing sites, file upload sites such as 4shared, all the lets plays. THIS is the future that is coming if people don’t stand up to this. This could potentially Destroy 99% of what is cool about the net. Seriously. All of the following sites would be removed if this is not seriously attacked like SOPA was. People talking to their REPS should be really important if you like any of these sites:

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

The treaty is being negotiated by the Executive branches of the countries without the Congress getting involved. It’s really important that fans of any of the sites listed above Contact their REPS about this.  This is a SERIOUS breach of due process, civil rights and internet freedom. The more I see the copyright moguls do this the more I want to puke as I see America turn into a Communist state.

Now to change the subject for a second, to anyone who is anti-censorship,   my previous posts (this one,  this one, and this one) on the 1999 Anti-Doom Article BS goes into How the media lies  get propagated to the extreme to fuel censorship. In particular one News Article after Columbine dared to claim Harris made a doom mod that allowed him and another shooter to practice in, all with features Doom Could not do then. I am bringing this up because even though I wrote the articles 2 months ago, they still have yet to get really noticed. I highly suggest you read them as well.