Texto del artículo:As free software users, we need to speak out against the TPP
Lobbyists and officials from twelve countries, including the US, are currently
bickering over the details of this massive international "free
trade" treaty. They are creating the TPP to strongly promote
Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and enforce draconian
copyright law, which will hinder free software development.
Similar to 2012's SOPA and PIPA, TPP would likely entrench the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) measures that make it a
crime to circumvent DRM, even when circumvention is done for
non-commercial purposes. It would also export this
criminalization to other countries with less onerous DRM
policies. But that's not all: it would restrict fair use,
lengthen copyright terms, and regulate the temporary copies of
media that computers make, in a way that our friends at the
Electronic Frontier Foundation have called "out of touch with the
realities of the modern computer." All of these restrictions
would make it much harder for free software applications to
interface with media and the Internet, chilling free software
development and use.
Facing opposition, President Obama is attempting to bypass the
US's standard approval process for treaties and unilaterally ram
through the TPP, in a process known as a "fast track."
Today (Wednesday, January 29th), the FSF is joining the diverse
StopFastTrack coalition in urging our US supporters to
simultaneously take action against this.
If you can vote in the United States, please take five minutes
to call your representatives and tell them you oppose the fast
track because TPP would promote Digital Restrictions Management
and hinder free software development. The StopFastTrack Web
site will connect you automatically. We recommend you
nonessential proprietary scripts. If we all raises our voices
at once today, we can make TPP and the fast track too unpopular
Not reading this until after January 29th? We encourage you to
call in anyway, sustained pressure is just as important as
raising a big uproar all at once.
If you can't vote in the United States, we encourage you to stand
up against TPP wherever you are. If you live in one of the other
participating countries, you can do this by contacting your
elected officials. Please email us at email@example.com if
you know of any actions in your country, so that we can help
Because it's widely known as the TPP, (and because of its
generally low moral worth) some have referred the agreement as
the "Toilet Paper Protocol." We think this is apt. But with
toilet paper, the labels at least allow you some degree of
information about what you're getting. TPP, however, is being
negotiated almost entirely behind closed doors, in chambers
populated by lobbyists and government officials, but empty of
journalists. Most of the information we have about this utterly
undemocratic deal comes from leaked documents.
TPP focuses on more than just copyright and DRM -- it is a giant
mess of things that lobbyists couldn't get passed through more
democratic channels. That's part of the reason that people
from so many different groups and walks of life are coming
together to oppose it.
Of the groups speaking out against TPP, we are proud to be one of
the few that is putting free software first in our argument
against the partnership. If you can vote in the US, please call
in and say that you oppose TPP because it would promote DRM
and harm the development of free software. Let's make sure that
congress knows our movement has something to say in this fight.
This isn't the first time the FSF has stood up against proposed
laws and trade agreements that would hurt free software -- we
played a role in the fight against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
Agreement (ACTA) as well as SOPA/PIPA, and we sent a
licensing expert to Australia to advocate for free software
at an earlier TPP negotiation session. But we'd like to be doing
even more to bring your voice to the debate. To give us the tools
we need, we've set an ambitious fundraising goal of $450,000 by
this Friday, and we're almost there. Can you chip in $25 to
help us expand our work in 2014? Thanks for your support.
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