Title: Forum: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: How it Threatens Journalistic Freedom and Internet Democracy
Location: Bernal Library Community Room ~ 500 Cortland St, SF
Description: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: How it Threatens Journalistic Freedom and Internet Democracy
A forum sponsored by the Pacific Media Workers Guild*
Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m.
Bernal Library Community Room
500 Cortland St., San Francisco
Maira Sutton, Electronic Frontier Foundation global policy analyst
Richard Knee, freelance journalist and Guild Legislative and Political Committee chair
Certain TPP provisions would seriously jeopardize the rights of reporters, the news media and whistle blowers. They would, among other things:
Compel Internet service providers to take down websites without a court order, as the Stop Online Piracy Act would have done had the House Judiciary Committee not shelved it in 2012.
Extend U.S. copyrights to life plus 70 years, preventing anyone from using works that belong in the public domain.
Bar unauthorized disclosure of corporate trade secrets, putting journalists and whistle blowers at risk of lawsuits or even criminal prosecution for exposing corporate misdeeds.
End anonymity online by forcing every domain name to be associated with a real name and address.
Make it illegal to unlock, modify or generally tinker with a device you own.
These rules will become U.S. law if Congress ratifies participation in the TPP. Join the Pacific Workers Media Guild for a forum on these issues.
*The News Guild-CWA Local 39521, AFL-CIO
Start Time: 7:00 PM