The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has joined a new international coalition promoting a Fair Deal on copyright standards in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). ALIA has joined with organisations representing a diversity of sectors from countries including New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Chile, Malaysia and Vietnam. You can have a look at the website here.
Members of the Fair Deal coalition represent the interests of Internet users, schools, universities, artists, libraries and archives, the visually impaired, consumers, information technology firms, internet businesses, and those who believe in the power of open source software and the open internet as a driving force for innovation, development and socially responsible economic growth. Coalition members include industry groups, digital rights advocates, academics and human rights organisations.
The coalition hopes that TPP negotiators will consider adopting a new approach that:
- Promotes access to knowledge, to innovation and to weightless economies,
- Respects for fundamental rights like due process, privacy and free speech, and
- Recognizes of the realities and opportunities of the Internet.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement being negotiated by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. The changes to copyright required by the TPP could reduce access to information and restrict the ability to innovate, both on and offline. TPP meetings are taking place in Lima, Peru from May 15th to May 25th. Negotiators are hoping the meetings will 'accelerate' the closed-door process. New reports indicate copyright provisions are a 'challenging' issue for those behind the TPP.
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