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Save Sharing: Tell Congress No FTA!

Congress will soon vote on granting the President Fast track Trade Authority (FTA).

If FTAA passes, the Congress will only be allowed to vote up or down on secret trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

As the Wikileaks release we reported over a month ago noted, secret trade agreements such as the TPP and TTIP will implement the most draconian anti-sharing laws we have seen.   It would criminalize of copyright infringement and include:

  • Stronger DRM and “technological protection measure” regimes;
  • Make ISPs liable for copyright infringement on their networks;
  • Implement a “take it down first, argue later” DMCA-like process for notifying copyright infringements;

TPP would allow corporations to patent plants and animals and ban you from selling a product you bought abroad if they object.

Both trade agreements would grant rights to corporations to challenge our laws if they at all hinder their profits. It is already happening in Canada and Costa Rica.  With TPP and TTIP, your home town will be next.

Thankfully, the Congress has the constitutional authority to manage our trade policy.  It shouldn’t cede that authority to the President.

[This section was added in error.  Sorry about that.] The Senate Democratic leadership has added a sweetener for Democrats who are on the fence about passing the FTAA: extending unemployment insurance.  Our economy still hasn’t fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis that Wall St. dumped on us, but that is no reason to sacrifice our democracy!

Much of the Mass. delegation questions the need for FTAA, but with the possible short-term sweetener, we cannot trust that they will stand up for our democracy.

Call your Senators and House Rep. and tell them to oppose Fast Track Trade Authority:

Thanks!

Here are other ways to stop these secret trade deals:

Our future depends on your help!

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