The Sterlist: 5 Reasons Why The TPP Is Gross And Scary For Games

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is grotesque. Here’s a handy list talking about it.

Also, here’s Tarmack’s excellent (and superior) overview on the matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DIJVetzaHs

The TPP leak for your own reading: https://wikileaks.org/tpp-ip3/WikiLea…

Handy links provided by Tarmack:
http://www.exposethetpp.org
http://canadians.org/tpp
http://tppaustralia.org

Erich Fromm Hell
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Man the barricades!!! Seriously, these Richie Rich’s would happily slit your throat in the night if it helped their projections. Yes, I’m a deplorably obvious dissenter, but it’s becoming – if anything – much, much harder at my age to adopt the Churchilian adage on socialism: “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.” Well, I’ve had the reverse journey. And this TPP deal is just another part of what is becoming an increasingly old… Read more »

ChairmanDrew
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ChairmanDrew

Of course these issues are pretty petty in comparison to the other implications of the TPP, but I applaud your efforts to bring these dodgy deals to attention within your capacity as that of a games journalist. Bravo Jim, bravo.

Chris
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Chris

What scares me most is (to my understanding) is the TPP gives corporation the abilities to take governments to court if the country passes laws that hurt their profits. So let’s say Australia doesn’t like the fact that cigarettes cause lung cancer. We passed plain packaging laws to make them less attractive (no brand get’s a nice looking logo) as well as MASSIVE warning labels with graphic photos of rotting teeth and cancerous lungs. These are laws we currently have in place Now BEFORE the TPP got passed, these laws passed with little problem. Cigarette companies sued, and were crushed… Read more »

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

thanks for this nugget of information, it looks like an agreement for the involved countries to go full monty on DRM for company products (hardware and digital – for internet also)… but I tell you it will just backfire on those companies because it’s not obligatory for all companies. Would be nice if you did a follow up piece on the TTIP for USA and Europe … WTH is going on there.

Commie
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Commie

…thank god for you…

Joe Joeson
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Joe Joeson

I’m actually for the law because it pushes for stricter environmental regulations on countries that don’t enforce them.

I’m okay with giving up some of my freedom to protect the freedom of the things that share this planet with me. Ideally we’d get that protection without the dollarshaped dick in our asses, but silver linings.

Ash
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Ash

my brother told me about this months ago surprised its being brought up now.

Corvid
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Corvid

IP law has been kind of screwy for some time. If you’re a corporation with a legal team, you can get innocent parties quietly nudged off of most of the places they can get seen on the Internet with a sternly worded letter and a withering glare. If you’re a developer with fewer members than fingers on one hand, someone who could be writing code or updating your website gets to send out DMCA notices to the fifty file sharing sites your work is being passed around on and hope the violators of your copyright don’t just glance up from… Read more »

ElektroDragon
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ElektroDragon

So you’re voting for Trump, then, Jim?

Nitrium Oxide
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Nitrium Oxide

So much for sovereignty…

I AM A TENT
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I AM A TENT

The horror, the horror

Brian Seiler
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Brian Seiler

I said it to Tarmack and I’ll say it here – while I don’t necessarily disagree with any of the particular observations you’re making here, you’re giving a somewhat disingenuous impression of the whole situation by focusing only on the costs that you identify without at least attempting to describe what the agreement is actually intended to achieve. The ultimate purpose behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership is to constrain China. Currently, China is allowed to operate basically without any effective countermeasure on the world economic stage. As a result, you’ve got a situation where – for example – Chinese businesses engage… Read more »

Dr Mel
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Dr Mel

So, I’m not clear on how something outlined in this “trade deal” can constitute an actionable law in, at least, the US. How can I be charged for something that isn’t a crime in this country? Or is it that this deal is encouraging the passing of such laws? Because if it’s the latter, that still has to happen and can still be subject to Judiciary and/or Executive challenges.

TaraMayB
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TaraMayB

I’m glad you did this video and I can’t agree with you enough here. I hope more people start talking about how creepy and terrifying this whole situation is.

Also, because of the thumbnail, I can’t help but think, when are you going to get a Skeksis mask? Or do you have one already and I’ve forgotten about it. I’d love to see you do an episode of Jimquisition or something dressed up like the Chamberlain.

Magratheian
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Magratheian

Not to be a corporate shill or anything, but it’s arguable that corporations are only really responsible for making money and pleasing their shareholders, and the TTP is just an example of that behaviour. I don’t have enough info to judge on this, but goverments aren’t staffed entirely by inept, morally bankrupt lunatics. Presumably since the TTP and it’s euro equivalent are still here, rather than being hastily denied by all envolved, the goverments see some actual benefit to themselves that is worth dealing with a certain degree of corporate fuckery.

Enuo
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Enuo

All the Samurai Warriors footage made it difficult for me to gauge the true extent of the danger here.

Archmike
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Archmike

I think you missed the most important point here Jim. TTIP allows companies to sue governments if they make laws that would reduce their profit margins. This is liek something out of a dystopian blade runner future thing and it’s happening right now. The whole thng is a fucking disgrace and what’s worse is how fucking defenceless we are to stop it. I have no idea wtf to do to stop this. Petitions etc can just be ignore. Short of out right violent uprising i don’t know what will change this.

Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP

No, Jim, it’s not the “anti-corporate Liberal” in you that opposes this. This is beyond ideology and party lines. No private individual in ANY country that is involved with this could possibly think this is a good thing, by ANY stretch of the imagination. Hell, in the U.S., just take the whole “Democrats vs Republicans” thing out of it completely, because at this point, we can just assume that ALL of them are out for us with the long knives with corporate backers feeding them cash all the way. And keeping things silent and fast-tracking this kind of crap has… Read more »

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Wait, I thought the TPP was a thinly disguised Chinese encirclement plan?
Looking at the Nations that the deal benefits, it’s basically an economic ring around China.
Essentially keeping the peace by forcing China into a corner where they have no room to expand.

So it’s a hard global political move. Sacrificing the American middle class on the Altar of World Peace.

I guess liking it or not boils down to if you’re American and how patriotic you feel.

Matt Maglennon
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Matt Maglennon

Just some construct criticism Jim, I didn’t get much from this video other than the TPP is bad and contains some shady stuff. Some elaboration on the actual wording, or terms of the TPP and some possible direct consequences would have been help. Thanks any way though! By the way, my Dad just retired for 35 years teaching at Orpington college, I wonder if you two ever met 😀

Mark Davenport
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The TPP is a state of growing unrest here in Australia.

Of the public that knows about it, hates it almost universally regard of if they vote conservative or progressive.
Yet politically side, the parties, regardless of if they’re conservative or progressive, seem to be right up for it. Although most politicians when questioned haven’t a clue what is in the deal itself.

The deal not only just threatens media, but almost every industry.

rcivit
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rcivit

The fact we don’t see more torches and pitchforks around kinda baffles me.

Benj
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Benj

Looking at this it seems really obvious that we need more lawyers who play video games. At the moment the expertise in video games that is being presented when these laws are made are coming entirely from companies.

So many of these things (like banning the whole digging around in game files thing) might seem reasonable to an outside but the actual neagtive and unfair controlling nature of these bans would be immediately obvious to someone who is a games enthusiast.

Chris N
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Chris N

Thank you for this, Jim. Thank you. I already knew about this, but some parts of your audience don’t. They’re the ones who need to hear this. Please bring more politics to your show. You have a huge voice and to use it to inform people is a very noble and honorable thing to do. Thank god for you, Jim Fucking Sterling, Son.

gunsrlove
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gunsrlove

Their constant plots to hold the internet with the firmest grip fill them with determination!

On a side note, I recall Jim mentioning there will be a change in the logo from the usual big J in a circle surrounded by machete blades. Interested in the new aesthetic because reasons.