Letter: Open Internet

December 21, 2013 

Tell your representatives to block the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

At least 700 representatives of corporations have access to the TPP's text; governments of involved countries do not. Thus, we citizens, 40 percent of the world economy, have no say.

The TPP prohibits temporary electronic storage. The Electronic Frontier Foundation asks that since "it's technically necessary to download a temporary version of everything we see on our devices, does that mean that anyone who ever views content on their device could potentially be found liable of infringement?"

Also, the TPP demands that Internet providers police copyright infringements and terminate user access after three allegations, such as sharing online recipes without paying for them.

The TPP yields yet greater profits to the major pharmaceutical companies and limits our access to medicines by affecting patent scope, length and linkage. Corporations also will be able to "own" surgical procedures performed with a medical device, which the World Trade Organization currently excludes from patent law.

Medical device makers and pharmaceutical companies comprise the third largest lobby to the U.S. government.

Search the web for Connor Adams Sheets' Nov. 13, 2013 article in the International Business Times and visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation's site at www.eff.org for more in-depth analysis.

MIKKI SYMONDS, Prosser

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