Today’s release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn’t survive to the end of the negotiations.
Copyright, one of the largest blockers of innovation and totally ridiculous: why not work for a living instead of coasting on a past success is now set to life + 70 years!
DRM is no longer allowed to be circumvented. “someone tinkering with a file or device that contains a copyrighted work can be made liable (criminally so, if wilfullness and a commercial motive can be shown), for doing so even when no copyright infringement is committed.”
Hackers can now be rersecuted for minor infringements…
It’s a mess 🙁