Canadians would copy a Justin Bieber album or would download onto their computer a moving image of the last sporting achievement of Jose Bautista could be exposed to prosecution, fines, and more under the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to activists free access of data.
A major part of the commercial agreement Oct. 5 is to harmonize laws on copyright in the 12 participating countries – including Canada, the United States, Australia and Japan.
Although the final text of the agreement has not yet been made public, the website Wikileaks released a few days later which would be the chapter on intellectual property.
According Meghan Sali spokesman Open Media group which campaigns for freedom on the web, Canadians do not understand that their way of sailing “will change dramatically” with the PTP.
During the campaign, the Prime Minister appointed Justin Trudeau reiterated that he was in favor of free trade, but carefully examine the agreement, criticizing the coup the “secret” approach of the Harper government on the PTP.
Consumer organizations and many other groups were excluded from the talks of the agreement and governments have filtered the information in dribs and drabs since the conclusion of what would be the most significant trade agreement in history.
“We are encouraged to recognize that the process was not fair opaque but inaccessible and undemocratic”, ruled Ms. Sali.
The American organization Electronic Frontier Foundation believes that the PTP threatens to thwart the Canadian copyright regime in force and that would represent the interests of owners of copyrights and companies at the expense of the public.
Under Canadian laws, Internet service providers and other companies receiving complaints should simply notify their users of the potential violation to the rules and copyright owners must convince a court if they want the content is removed.
Now, according to Ms. Sali, PTP could replace this simple warning by the US system, which has the effect of blocking access to or remove content whenever there is a complaint.
“It looks like it will accept that the content will be blocked sly accept this censorship in the Internet,” she lamented.
Moreover, Canadians could face criminal or civil liability for the content transferred from one device to another, or by downloading and sharing a video of a sporting event. In such cases, the authorities are entitled to seize and destroy the device used, remarked Meghan Sali.
PTP also include an extension of the copyright in the original work of 50-70 years.
Earlier this month, the social network Twitter suspended the accounts of two US sites for sharing animated images of the highlights of a football match since the National Football League said these videos belong to him.
The law professor and copyright expert Michael Geist said Canadian laws allow greater non-commercial use of content protected by copyright.
“It seems very likely that there could be something legal in Canada that may need to be removed under the rules of another country of PTP,” he acknowledged.
According to the lawyer, copyright John Simpson, even though Canadian laws are being modified by the agreement, this does not mean that the more stringent measures will be implemented actively and systematically.