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As Canada gets tied in more and more tightly to the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, an industry lobby group called the International Intellectual Property Alliance (or IIPA) is pressuring the U.S. to pressure Canada to tighten Internet restrictions.

According to law expert Michael Geist, their plain-language demand is for Canada to adopt "a termination system that would cut off Internet access for subscribers accused of infringement" – very obviously, overzealously protecting Big Media's assets to the detriment of citizens.

The IIPA also wants Canada to remove our cap on how much a person can be fined if they break copyright (and we're talking about non-commercial infringement here, which often falls into the category of 'everyday uses of the Internet'). With our digital economy lagging, this just isn't something Canada Internet users can afford.

And the IIPA want copyright term extensions, warrantless inspections at the border, new penalties – the list is troublesome, to say the least, for those of us who enjoy an open Internet. And all this comes after Ottawa passed the controversially restrictive copyright bill C-11 earlier this year.

I mentioned the TPP—this is we call the Internet trap—a multi-nation trade agreement, which, for no really good reason other than lobbyist pressure, threatens to tighten Internet restrictions in member countries. Canada was recently accepted as a member country.

To stand up against the pressures of the TPP, you can encourage everyone you know to visit, and add their names to the strong, growing petition there.

For the Internet, this is Lindsey with signing off.

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