Anti-sharing directive - IPRED
IPRED (Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive) is an EU directive organizing the repression of infringements of copyrights, patents, trademarks, etc. Because of its overreaching nature, IPRED harms access to culture, and hampers new cultural practices such as remixing, but also the development of new technologies and innovation in general.
In 2011, the EU Commission proposed a revision of IPRED to “adapt” it to the digital environment, and to step up the war on online sharing, in line with the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement ACTA. IPRED would push Internet actors –search engines, hosting services, access providers– to automatically censor communications in order to combat online sharing of cultural works.
The IPRED revision must be the opportunity for a public debate answering the following questions: should we keep on harming fundamental freedoms and the free Internet to protect the entertainment industry's outdated business models? Or should we legalise sharing and focus repression only on infringements carried out for profit?
In 2013 the European Commission launched a public consultation on copyright reform. For more information on this and the copy of La Quadrature's reply to it, visit the wiki page on copyright.
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- EU Copyright: We Need Actions, Not Consultations!29/03/13
- ACTA Mobilization, And Beyond19/04/12
- Karel De Gucht's Fake ACTA Debate29/02/12
- The EU Commission's Repressive Plans Beyond ACTA06/02/12
- EU Commission Paves the Way for Privatized Net Censorship12/01/12
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- Initially planned for 2012 - EU Commission presents proposal for a reform of IPRED
- 30 November 2012 to 30 March 2013 - Public consultation on the civil enforcement of intellectual property rights
- April 26th, 2012 - The European Commission hosts a conference on the IPRED revision
- May 2011 - The EU Commission presents its strategy for copyright, patent and trademark enforcement
- March 31st, 2011 - Deadline for submitting responses to consultation
- December 22nd, 2010 - The Commission releases two documents on the revision of IPRED and launches a
- September 22nd, 2010 - Adoption of the Gallo report in plenary
- June 1st, 2010 - Vote of the draft Gallo report in the legal affairs committee
- March 2nd, 2010 - Publication of the amendments to the draft Gallo report
- January 13th, 2010 - Publication of the draft Gallo report
- September 11th, 2009 - Communication from the Commission - Enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market
The Gallo report is a report on enhancing the enforcement of “intellectual property” rights in the internal market, adopted by the European Parliament in September 2010. It calls on the Commission to focus on the Internet when revising IPRED.
The report is a long series of mixups and misconceptions, mixing up online non-commercial file sharing with the counterfeiting of physical goods, confusing drug patent and trademark infringement with the trade of fake drugs, among other things.
- LQDN's response to the IPRED Consultation
- Commented original Gallo report
- La Quadrature's response to the European Commission's consultation regarding "Online Creative Content"
- La Quadrature's response to the European Commission's communication on "Enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market".