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TPP talks continue in Washington D.C.

As high-level TPP talks continue in Washington D.C., OpenMedia holds face-to-face meetings with key negotiators to demand end to secrecy

Demands grow to release full text of Trans-Pacific Partnership to enable public debate about proposals that would make the Internet more expensive, censored, and policed

Thursday December 11, 2014 – As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks continue in Washington, D.C., negotiators are set to feel the heat from public interest groups outraged at the secrecy surrounding the talks. The organizations say it’s past time for TPP negotiators to follow the example of the European Commission which recently released to the public the draft text of a similar Trans-Atlantic deal.

The TPP is an international deal being negotiated in near-total secrecy by 12 Pacific Rim nations including the U.S. and Canada. Based on what we know from leaked drafts, experts say the TPP contains extreme copyright rules that would make the Internet far more expensive, policed, and censored. A letter from a diverse group of 40 major organizations from 11 TPP nations demanding greater transparency will be delivered directly to key negotiators by Meghan Sali from Internet freedom group OpenMedia.

“This agreement will have a huge impact on the everyday lives of hundreds of millions of Internet users,” said Meghan Sali, Free Expression campaigner for OpenMedia. “If the TPP is finalized, the way we use the Internet would change forever. Whole families could be kicked offline just for being accused of copyright infringement. And powerful media conglomerates could even force ISPs to remove entire websites from the Internet.”

Sali continued: “My message to TPP negotiators is clear. With so much at stake, citizens shouldn’t have to rely on leaked documents to find out what’s going on behind their backs. It’s well past the time to release the full text of the TPP so that we can have a proper public debate about the consequences. Why should a tiny cabal of powerful industry lobbyists determine our digital future, while citizens are excluded?”

Ms. Sali will be meeting with top negotiators from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States. She will also hold talks with representatives from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

OpenMedia recently published its Our Digital Future report crowdsourced from over 300,000 people around the world. It found that citizens overwhelmingly want balanced copyright rules that are shaped democratically, respect creators, and prioritize free expression.

Learn more about the threats posed to free expression by deals such as the TPP at https://OpenMedia.org/DigitalFuture

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