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Posted 7/27/15 , edited 7/29/15
So, Crunchy:

If you haven't heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, also called TPP (not surprising, considering how little media attention it has received), it is a new free trade agreement between North America and several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

There are some really, really shocking things in this bill which can be found, but the part pertinent to us here on Crunchy is how this trade agreement might affect the fan community and fan industry of gaming, anime, manga, and cosplay in Japan and abroad.


http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/07/27-1/manga-author-ken-akamatsu-renews-concerns-about-trade-deals-effect-on-doujinshi-and-cosplay#comments


This is a big topic and TPP is sweeping in what it covers and the changes it brings.


To state in no hyperbole, it is very much a global agreement amongst some of the largest current and developing economies written by corporate interests and enforced by supposedly sovereign governments.


Learn about it, and if you are inclined, talk to your government representatives about your thoughts on it.


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Posted 7/27/15
I am horrified...and ANGRY at our two goverments right now! :angry:

Manga and Anime are part of my life and they want to take it all away!?
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You know, I honestly take no issue with many of these new laws/agreements being drawn up and pushed forward when many are needed. What I do have a problem with though is the way nearly all of them seem to be worded. It's done in such a way that leaves so many loop holes and ways to exploit people. Some big ones that comes to mind are the ones pertaining to the internet and medical records.

The TPP isn't a bad idea, but the way they're going about it is bad news. Doesn't bode well at this point.
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I've heard of TPP. It's worrying how it'll affect our NHS health service. There's a possibility that costs will go sky high similar to USA's health costs. There's no room for opting out with this since that'd mean being sued for a lot of money, either way the cost is high.
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To be fair, the entire trade agreement hasn't been released to the public, last I checked. The only real problem I have so far is in the plain wording allowing for dangerous interpretation regarding copyright.
Posted 7/27/15
"Japanese laws allow for punishment up to 10 years in prison or fines of up to 10 million yen ($80,600)."


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Posted 7/27/15 , edited 7/29/15

UubCS141 wrote:

To be fair, the entire trade agreement hasn't been released to the public, last I checked. The only real problem I have so far is in the plain wording allowing for dangerous interpretation regarding copyright.




And that's part of why it's so terrifying.


From what I am aware of, the only way any information was released to the public was through Wikileaks.


Any legislation which needs a whistle blower group to bring it before the public is one which is dangerous for any democracy.
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Posted 7/27/15

Potent consequences for lower environmental regulations


That's all I needed to read.
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Posted 7/27/15
There are far more deep problem that threatens manga, anime and artists. This is not one of them.
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Posted 7/27/15 , edited 7/27/15
This is going to sound extremely selfish, but I don't intend for it too. PLEASE upvote this on Reddit! We can get it to the front page!

https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/3eusp2/guys_we_need_to_work_together_to_stop_the_tpp/
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100 plus page threads on feminists, but not even one page filled of discussion about the peeps who make the content we enjoy being possibly screwed over.


Step up your game, General Forum.
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Posted 7/28/15 , edited 7/28/15

maxgale wrote:





100 plus page threads on feminists, but not even one page filled of discussion about the peeps who make the content we enjoy being possibly screwed over.


Step up your game, General Forum.


I think this pretty much sums up this comment.

"Ignorance speaks loudly, so as to be heard; but its volume proves reason to doubt every word."

Wes Fessler

Not that everyone in those threads is ignorant, but you get what I'm saying. Click bait articles are the name of the game these days.
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I've addressed the topic of intellectual property multiple times throughout the time I've spent writing responses and threads on these forums. I pointed out that anime has, in light of new technology, taken on a wholly distinct character from its previous one, and that as a good for which it is no longer possible to sustain a state of artificial scarcity distribution models will require a complete overhaul so as to no longer be reliant upon a "fee for access" basis (assuming, of course, that the industry's enormous figures about the impact of piracy aren't exaggerated and that it genuinely is necessary to draw people away from piracy). I've pointed out that the entertainment industry has engaged in illegal behaviour by installing malware on peoples' computers in order to interfere with legitimate software's functions and tracking their listening habits as part of a "digital rights management" scheme. I've pointed out that internet service providers in the US have, at the insistence of the MPAA and RIAA, incorporated as part of their terms of service an arbitration scheme for handling even baseless, frivolously made accusations of copyright infringement which defies even the most fundamental institution of an ethical justice system: presumption of innocence until guilt is proven to within a minimum standard (incidentally, you also have to pay a fee to be granted the opportunity to defend yourself to avoid frivolity, but they can accuse you willy nilly). I've pointed out that copyright terms have exceeded a length which serves the general public interest. I've pointed out that the DMCA is abused by rights holders through their use of bot programs designed to file blanket copyright complaints against anything with their content in it without regard to fair use provisions.

Edit: I've more or less already said what I have to say on this topic over the course of the last several months.
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Posted 7/28/15 , edited 7/28/15
The biggest grip I have is placing harsh fines on Whistleblowers is fucking awful and should be stopped at all costs.

It also lets companies go after people who download albums without the knowledge or consent of the actual people who own those albums. Tons of artists out there are fully behind Piracy and this lecture by one of my musical heroes Steve Albini explains the benefits it has to music makers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz_CPzuwSk4

Finally the fact we cant see the full text but random consultants for major companies can is horrible.

In summation Fuck the TPP and fuck anyone who supports it.
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