Hack+Remix Party Against TPP
Let's talk about the Internet, technology, art, and why copyright threatens our freedom to create and innovate.
We're gonna work on videos, images, and other media to meme up the TPP so the Internet knows that this is happening.
Let’s show our policymakers that we won’t let back room trade deals determine what we can do with our technology. Let’s show them that we, the users, are unified against corporate efforts to restrict our rights.
The Internet is ours. It’s up to us to show up and defend it.
Why are we holding this event?
What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? The TPP is a massive trade agreement between more than 12 countries around the Pacific, and it covers everything from textiles, cars, tobacco, and financial regulation. The reason why we're meeting is to talk about the chapter that carries horribly expansive copyright policies.
The TPP could lead to even worse US copyright laws than the DMCA. It'd strengthen legal protections for DRM, carries vague but daunting language to increase criminal/civil penalties for infringement, and threatens to extend copyright term lengths even *further* than in the US.... and that's just a few of the problems we're fighting. These copyright laws will further restrict us from our right to share, remix, hack, and tinker with digital content and devices. Go here for more details about the copyright enforcement provisions.
The worse part is that it's all being done in secret in a process that completely shuts out public interests from its considerations. Through trade agreements, corporations have been able to get their way and make countries pass copyright and patent laws to protect their profits at the expense of the public and our freedoms. TPP is the biggest agreement yet, and we need to stop Big Content interests from lobbying our policymakers into making laws that lock up technology, culture, and knowledge.
The next round of TPP negotiations will be held in Lima, Peru from May 15-24. We're partnering with the local hackerspace in Lima, EscueLab, which is holding the same event there at the same time. We'll be checking in with them remotely throughout the day.
Where is this taking place?
2169 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110-1219
Who should be there?
Hackers, tinkerers, artists, file sharers, and everyone else who cares about the health and future of the Internet.
For more updates and schedule of events, please visit the event page: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Hack%2BRemix_Party_against_TPP