The biggest global threat to the Internet. That's how legal experts describe the controversial international agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP agreement threatens to criminalize the use of your favourite websites --
including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, your favourite blog -- and even your online comments.
Provisions in leaked drafts of the TPP could prohibit use of temporary copies , which according to policy experts at InternetNZ, are crucial to how the Internet works. As the EFF explains, this means that, anyone who ever views content on
their device could potentially be found liable of [copyright] infringement . Legal experts are now warning that under the TPP, normal online activities could lead you to be cut off from the Internet, have your computer seized, be fined up to
$150,000, or even land you in prison.
Norway is taking steps against online copyright infringement by amending the Copyright Act. The revisions are popular in parliament and if passed will grant authorities the right to block sites at the ISP level.
The proposed amendments also will require ISPs to hand over information to identify both website owners and end-users of unauthorized material online.
The new legislation would allow rights-holders to take to court site owners involved in illegal content sharing and order the internet service providers (ISPs) to prevent or impede access to sites that have extensively made available
material that clearly violates copyrights , Torrenfreak quotes the amendments.
Norwegian internet campaigners have said that the draconian measures would lead to widespread censorship. Blogger Morten told Bikyanews.com:
It is simply wrong and we will not put up with this and if that means holding massive protests to do so it will happen.
We understand that there is tension right now in the government, but action must be taken by us young people to make certain our freedom of speech is not attacked.