By EDRi

On 30 March 2013, the consultation on the intellectual property rights
enforcement directive (IPRED) will be over. This means that you have
three more days to let the European Commission know your thoughts on the
current enforcement of copyright in the European Union.

The European Commission now wants to evaluate the efficiency of the
current framework and whether or not a revision is necessary. It is the
perfect occasion to raise attention to the necessity of a comprehensive
copyright reform. Moreover, some questions seem to lead to the
conclusion that Internet service providers should be responsible for
dealing with alleged infringements online. Such a reasoning puts
fundamental rights at risk such as freedom of expression and the right
to privacy.

It is very important that the European Commission receives as many
answers as possible from citizens and organisations.

To help you answering the consultation, EDRi put together an answering
guide. Here are the steps you need to follow:

1. In order to get access to the consultation you need to register, by
providing your name and email address at
http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=IPRREGFORM

2. You will receive an email with the subject “IPM Invitation” by the
Commission providing you with a unique access link so you can respond to
the consultation. Please note that it can take some time before the
registration is processed. There are also reports of slowness and
time-outs at weekends and of Gmail filtering registration details as
“spam”. Therefore, please be patient with the Commission’s technology!

3. If you follow the invitation by clicking on the unique access link,
you will be able to answer the questionnaire.

4. Our answering guide is here
http://edri.org/files/ipr-guide.pdf

(Contribution by Marie Humeau – EDRi)