The Fair Deal Coalition, formed to tackle concerns with the intellectual property provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), is launching a global publicity and education campaign. Fair Deal Coalition members include InternetNZ.
A new website – www.ourfairdeal.org – has been launched today and a string of new members of the coalition announced – including US-based Fight for the Future, the Australian Library & Information Association, Japan-based Movement for Internet Active Users (MiAU) and US-based Open Media.
Fair Deal spokesperson and InternetNZ policy lead Susan Chalmers says there are strong concerns, in New Zealand and globally, that the TPP could result in stronger intellectual property laws that could undermine the openness of the internet.
“The now-expanded Fair Deal Coalition is aiming to create an informed, highly-visible, global conversation on copyright in the TPP,” she says.
The coalition, founded in New Zealand last year, has given voice to the concerns of a growing number of people and organisations – including librarians, IT companies, open source societies, telecommunications users, the internet community, digital rights activists, people who are blind or have low vision, artists, consumers, schools and universities.
Members of the coalition are currently attending the 17th TPP negotiating round in Lima, Peru.