‘How we use the internet and access to music, books, and films are at risk in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations……
….If you think opponents of the Trans Pacific Partnership are typically anti-free trade/anti-globalisation conspiracy theorists, consider these unlikely bedfellows: librarians, software exporters, researchers, book lovers, fans of DVDs, media creatives and people who download music…
….How real are the fears? With the negotiations cloaked in secrecy, we won’t know until the deal is too far advanced to unpick. Unless our negotiators (and those of the other participants) can stare down the US position, there are fears IP freedoms could be sacrificed for our overriding goal of improved access for dairy and meat products to US markets…’
Better get used to shutting yo mouth and pickin’ Massa’s cotton, boy.
When a housewife can be sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars for downloading a few songs, what we have here is collusion between government, lawyers and the entertainment industry to establish and enforce monopolies by the threat of disproportionate force. Funny how property rights can be trampled at will by governments–unless those rights belong to their cronies. Screw them.
Leftists/”progressives”/socialists are not welcome here. Pay for your own soapbox.
‘I believe that politicians, lawyers, busy-bodies and do-gooders are like salamis- greatly improved by hanging for a time.’ Oswald Bastable
- "The loss of freedom is like cancer; it will spread slowly but surely across all parts of society until our liberty has been utterly eaten away and we are left with nothing but a half-forgotten idea of what freedom was."