DPF TPP Statement
DPF Position Statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
(Adopted at the DPF Board meeting on June 11, 2016 (with a later small amendment, included below))
The Trustees of Distributed Proofreaders Foundation are concerned about a new international agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP will result in significant copyright term extensions in signatory countries, which will have the immediate impact of slowing or halting growth of the public domain in many parts of the world. The agreement was drafted in secret. Public scrutiny and consideration are now needed for copyright term extension, and many other aspects of the agreement. The Trustees of Distributed Proofreaders are against further copyright term extensions in any country, and encourage all people who benefit from public domain materials to make their opinions known to their lawmakers. The TPP is passed, but is not yet ratified in any country. There is still time to stop implementation of the TPP. The Distributed Proofreaders Foundation is in favor of, and will continue to support, initiatives by Project Gutenberg or the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation (PGLAF) to mitigate the impact of the TPP on the public domain.