Rep. Zoe Lofgren on Emerging & Controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Treaty: December 5, 2013:
See this link: http://lofgren.house.gov/latest-news/rep-zoe-lofgren-on-emerging-controversial-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-trade-treaty/
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) participated in a press conference today voicing concerns over the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. During the press conference, held on the eve of this coming weekend’s high-level ministerial meeting on TPP in Singapore in which a possible final deal may be announced, Rep. Lofgren focused her remarks on troubling provisions related to Internet Freedom, consumer rights, copyright, and fair use and the public domain in the digital age:
“I just wanted to address the leaked IP chapter of the TPP because we’ve expressed concern in the past that these trade agreements really are at the expense of consumer rights, fair use, and the public domain. In fact I wrote to the USTR [U.S. Trade Representative] about these issues in September 2012 and it doesn’t look like they’ve been resolved.[…] “In closing, this is something that is backdooring, through a trade agreement, that which could not be obtained in Congress. I think we all remember SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Millions of Americans shut the phone system down in the United States Congress. It looks like there are some elements of SOPA that are being inserted into this trade agreement and I don’t think the American people are going to put up with it.”
… but the gullible, oafish Australians will lap it up. Wanna bet?