[At-Large] [APAC-Discuss] Draft Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement on IP

Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 05:50:23 UTC 2012

Bula Vinaka [Greetings and when *translated* means Long Life and Good

Thank you Carlton for an interesting link. It felt like yesterday when a
community that I am a part of blacklisted our website protesting SOPA.

What is apparent and has been unfolding within the last four years is a
clear manifestation of a strategic and planned rolled out. They will not
stop. It is no secret that the alliance forged  has very clearly mapped out
strategic focal areas namely:-

   - lobbying collectively within WIPO and other strategic forums;
   - identification of catalysts within nation countries to pass laws that
   are compatible for extraterritorial jurisdictional enforcement. In normal
   speak, it means that if it is  a criminal offence in Country A and it is a
   criminal offence in Country B, then we can cooperate.

I am not averse to the protection of Intellectual Property rights but there
are principles such as "fair use" for instance that can get lost in the
process. It is critical that communities are involved in their law making
process and make submissions within the domestic fora that count.

The Internet has completely revolutionised people's access to information,
knowledge and communication. We have seen culture and heritage preserved as
with the Basque community and there are countries in the world where there
are huge barriers such as transportation. I know of some islands in the
Pacific where transportation is irregular and not frequent and increasing
oil prices have not helped. To a large extent this has inhibited their
capacity to be able to update their library collection is they are schools
etc. Which is why access to the internet and bridging the digital divide
will always remain an issue and whilst countries are struggling with things
like SPAM, barriers to access of information such as those to be imposed by
draconian laws could prove a setback for some of these communities  and
particularly for small islands developing states.

Bottom line, the question is if you already have limited access
[infrastructure/availability and affordability - not to mention that being
undercut by things like spam] why would anyone want to further hinder this


On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Carlton Samuels <carlton.samuels at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Here's a development you might wish to follow.  Some analysts say it is
> even more dangerous than pernicious ACTA to the public interest. Those
> countries in the L & CA region with a Pacific littoral may be party to it.
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/08/tpp-creates-liabilities-isps-and-put-your-rights-risk
> - Carlton
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