Hack+Remix Party against TPP
Saturday May 4th, 2013
On the hour between noon and six there will be ten minute introductions to the Transpacific Partnership trade agreement and how it affects hackers and creators, by Danny O'Brien and Maira Sutton of EFF.
- 12:00PM introductions, setting up equipment, finding space to work and explaining TPP
- 1:00PM-1:30PM We'll try for a Google Hangout with Escuelab and other Latin American hackerspaces
- 2:00PM lunch. Trans-pacific pizza participation.
- 4:00PM another checkin with Latin America. Visits from mystery online guests!
- 6:00PM food + movies
- 7.30PM summary and what's next!
Hackers, tinkerers, artists, file sharers, and everyone else who cares about the health and future of the Internet.
What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? The TPP is a massive trade agreement between more than 12 countries around the Pacific, and it covers everything from textiles, cars, tobacco, and financial regulation. The reason why we're meeting is to talk about the chapter that carries horribly expansive copyright policies.
The TPP could lead to even worse US copyright laws than the DMCA. It'd strengthen legal protections for DRM, carries vague but daunting language to increase criminal/civil penalties for infringement, and threatens to extend copyright term lengths even *further* than in the US.... and that's just a few of the problems we're fighting. These copyright laws will further restrict us from our right to share, remix, hack, and tinker with digital content and devices. Go here for more details about the copyright enforcement provisions.
The worse part is that it's all being done in secret in a process that completely shuts out public interests from its considerations. Through trade agreements, corporations have been able to get their way and make countries pass copyright and patent laws to protect their profits at the expense of the public and our freedoms. TPP is the biggest agreement yet, and we need to stop Big Content interests from lobbying our policymakers into making laws that lock up technology, culture, and knowledge.
The next round of TPP negotiations will be held in Lima, Peru from May 15-24. We're partnering with the local hackerspace in Lima, EscueLab, which is holding the same event there at the same time. We'll be checking in with them remotely throughout the day.
Let's talk about the Internet, technology, art, and why copyright threatens our freedom to create and innovate.
We're gonna work on videos, images, and other media to meme up the TPP so the Internet knows that this is happening.
Let’s show our policymakers that we won’t let back room trade deals determine what we can do with our technology. Let’s show them that we, the users, are unified against corporate efforts to restrict our rights.
The Internet is ours. It’s up to us to show up and defend it.
Who's behind this?
This is being organized by some of the folks at the the Electronic Frontier Foundation, including Maira Sutton, EFF Global Policy Analyst.
If you have other ideas for projects, would like to contribute somehow, or have any questions at all, please contact maira [at] eff [dot] org.
For more information on TPP and how it threatens the Internet and access to knowledge, check out EFF's TPP issue page.