Nov 19 2013, 3:15am CST | by Sumayah Aamir
WikiLeaks sure has taken the world by storm. Revealing many things that would otherwise have remained hidden from public scrutiny, the service is a blessing indeed. A treaty known as the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) has been destined to be signed between the Obama administration and many other countries and lobbyists. The text of the treaty which is about intellectual property is now available for perusal thanks to WikiLeaks. It shows that the Obama government has a lot of answering to do.
What the US government wants to do is change the copyright laws since they are in a helter-skelter state of disarray. However, the TPP takes the reform in the opposite direction and worsens the already dismal condition of the laws. And the really paradoxical thing is that at the exact time when the government is encouraging the unlocking of smart phones, the TPP will ban their unlocking.
Smartphone unlocking allows alterations in its settings so that it could be employed on other carriers. Thus consumers may change their platforms at will once their contracts expire. A few months back a ruling by the Librarian of Congress caused such draconian laws to be enacted that the result was chaos. This led to action by the government to make unlocking mobile phones lawful.
Even the FCC was on the White House’s side on this one. However, behind the scenes a lot of covert activity was going on. Via the TPP, the Librarian of Congress virtually got full access to do what it wanted in the future. All change would come to a sudden halt thanks to the Obama administration’s secret actions. The treaty meanwhile is yet to be finalized, so all is not lost.
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