As we’ve mentioned before, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is the next cause for concern in an ongoing line of potential threats to our creative freedom. Like ACTA, the text of this agreement is currently being negotiated in secret by New Zealand and a host of other countries including the US, however leaked documents suggest that a huge array of matters are up for negotiation and if other US Free Trade Agreements are anything to go by we should be very concerned – this could affect the lives and livelihoods of an enormous number of kiwis. Thankfully a group called TPP Watch have started a petition calling for the release of the TPPA text.
From their website:
“Right now, the governments of nine countries are negotiating in secret for a far-reaching agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). We won’t get to see the NZ position or any of the text until it is signed and sealed and cannot be changed.
“The TPPA is being branded a free trade agreement, but trade is only a minor part. It would give special rights to foreign investors, including the ability to sue governments for passing laws that might affect their profits – like Philip Morris is threatening against countries that have introduced plain packaging of cigarettes – and threatens the survival of Pharmac that makes medicines affordable to New Zealanders.”
You can sign the petition here: http://tppwatch.org/what-is-tppa/release-the-text/#contact-form-281