Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

You are here: Home News #TalkAboutIt: Five ways the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could affect you

#TalkAboutIt: Five ways the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could affect you

ABC News (Australia); Clara Tran; 7/23/15

ABC News

Consumer group Choice has warned that Australians could be worse off under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, as trade ministers meet next week in Hawaii to try to finalise the agreement.

The controversial deal covers 40 per cent of the global economy and involves 12 countries around the Pacific rim, including Australia and the United States.

Advocates say the pact, which has been negotiated in secret since 2010, will boost investment opportunities and lower trade barriers.

But critics have concerns.

"This is going across every sector you could imagine of the economy, from the way we use the internet to the price of medicines," Matt Levey, spokesman for consumer group Choice, told the ABC.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stated the TPP could mean "everyone is better off".

So, here are five ways the TPP could affect you.

Tighter copyright laws

Under the TPP, Australia and other countries may impose criminal penalties for those found guilty of copyright infringement.

Mr Levey said the deal would likely see the criminalisation of copyright provisions that up until now have been civil penalties.

"So it might be taking a selfie inside a movie theatre and having some of the film visible in the background," he said.

You're talking about taking that into an offence which wouldn't previously existed. Once you bring in a harsher copyright regime, it's very hard to reform."

Mr Levey said there was a possibility the TPP could also harm Australian innovation in a digital world.

"Our big concern is that by signing up to the provisions in the TPP, we're potentially going to lock Australia into the last century, when we actually need a copyright system that's reformed for the future."

Supporters argue that copyright protections in the TPP promote the creation of new works.

"Companies won't do this work unless the original is protected by copyright," Annissa Brennan, from the the Motion Picture Association of America, was quoted as saying by news service Intellectual Property Watch.

Filed under:

UPW Participates in the AFL-CIO Labor of Love

click here for more videos from UPW

Upcoming Events
Maui Division Executive Board Meeting Mar 03, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM — UPW Maui Division Office
Oahu Division Executive Board Meeting Mar 08, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Henry B. Epstein Building (1426 N. School Street)
Private Sector Division Executive Board Meeting Mar 09, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Henry B. Epstein Building, 1426 N. School Street
Hawaii Division Executive Board Meeting Mar 17, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM — UPW Hilo Building
Kauai Division Executive Board Meeting Apr 05, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — UPW Kauai Division Office
Upcoming events…

Contact Us

UPW Headquarters
Oahu Division & Private Sector Division

1426 North School Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 847-2631
Fax: (808) 848-1987

Hawaii Division

362 East Lanikaula Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 961-3424
Fax: (808) 961-5718

Kauai Division

4211 Rice Street
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 245-2412
Fax: (808) 245-6149

Maui Division

841 Kolu Street
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Phone: (808) 244-0815
Fax: (808) 242-9075

(toll free, Molokai/Lanai)

Personal tools
Log in