Wikileaks has released a secret draft from a chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a treaty between 12 countries that has been accused of marginalizing basic intellectual rights and free expression. Many of the terms cited in the released intellectual property chapter draw parallels to those in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
The released pages suggest proposals to prolong the term of patents to greater than twenty years as well as greater measures to prevent violations of copyright among hackers. The proposal did however, grant the government the power to break copyright protection for intelligence or security purposes.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who’s currently residing in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, said that if the TPP is instituted it “would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
Read the released draft here.