Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) is urging trade ministers not to sign the final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The signing is due to take place on February 4 in New Zealand. The TPP lays out the rules for trade and investment among 11 other Pacific Rim nations, including Australia, and the United States. With copyright laws, there are concerns that US officials could dictate to other countries their laws and regulations relating to the TPP. For example, Internet service providers (ISPs) would be asked to block websites without a court ruling. \u201cHere\u2019s the bottom line: the TPP will lock Internet users into a digital stone age, making us forever beholden to rules set by media giants scared of the potential of new technologies. It will curtail our freedom of expression and censor the Web,\u201d said EFA\u2019s Jon Lawrence. EFA has shown its support for the \u2018Do Not Sign The TPP!\u2019 online letter that opposes the agreement and petitions against it. \u201cThe stakes couldn\u2019t be higher. If the TPP becomes law, it will censor the Web and criminalise our online activities,\u201d Lawrence said. In October 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Australia\u2019s signing of the TPP. He said at the time that it \u201cwill not require any changes to Australia\u2019s intellectual property laws or policies, whether in copyright, pharmaceutical patents or enforcement\u201d. However, the final TPP documents revealed that local ISPs would be forced to block access to content that the US has deemed infringes on copyright. Bans on circumventing digital locks or digital rights management is also part of the TPP, which limits to ability to modify content and devices or turning content into accessible formats.