By Diego Naranjo

Injunctions, internet blocking, blackmailing of individuals accused of unauthorised peer-to-peer filesharing – the so-called IPRED Directive has been very controversial. Now, the European Commission has launched a consultation on the Directive (whose full name is Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRED) in the online environment).

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The consultation is of great importance not only to those working on copyright or “intellectual property rights” in general, but in fact crucial to anyone using the Internet. This consultation covers how private companies should or should not be involved in law enforcement online – for example by removing your online content in case it might include copyrighted material. It also covers the range of Internet intermediaries that could or should be subject to legal obligations to undertake law enforcement activities.

In order to make it easier for individuals to answer the consultation, EDRi has created an “answering guide” – an online tool with the European Commission’s questions and our analysis to guide your responses. The answering guide can be found here: http://youcan.fixcopyright.eu/limesurvey/index.php/829127?lang=en

Have your say in the reform of copyright enforcement! Remember that the deadline is 15 April 2016!

(Contribution by Diego Naranjo, EDRi)

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