Extract from “TPP’s copyright rules would promote Internet censorship, MP claims”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) favours corporate interests over Internet users’ rights as it empowers Internet service providers (ISPs) to proactively remove online content deemed as copyrighted material, a lawmaker claimed today.

Kuala Krai MP Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli from Amanah also noted that according to the controversial free trade treaty, ISPs are not liable if they wrongly take down content that does not infringe copyright law.

“This would mean that providers could take down Internet content without any sort of repercussions, allowing for potentially widespread internet censorship,” Hatta said in a statement at the Parliament lobby here.

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