La Commission européenne fait état d’une vision dogmatique du copyright

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Réponse de la Quadrature du Net à la communication de la Commission européenne intitulée “Renforcer l’application des droits de propriété intellectuelle sur le marché intérieur”.
COM(2009) 467


Télécharger le memo en pdf (en anglais).

On September 11th, 2009, the European Commission released a new communication on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in the Internal market. The communication addresses a broad range of issues, notably copyright infringements. In line with the recent leaked information regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)1Since Spring 2008, the European Union, the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia as well as a few other countries have been secretly negotiating a trade treaty aimed at enforcing copyright and tackling counterfeited goods. See our web-dossier: http://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta currently under negotiation, the document calls for voluntary agreements between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and rights holders to deal with copyright infringement over the Internet.

La Quadrature du Net, along with many other advocacy groups across the world2See for instance the resolution of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) on enforcement of copyright, trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights: http://tacd.org/index2.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=234&Itemid=40, believes that the position of the Commission on the matter suffers from several misconceptions. These errors, which are discussed below, reflect for the most part the influence of a few corporate interests on IPR public policy. Such inaccuracy in the analysis of the phenomenon of file-sharing is all the more illegitimate given that the Commission and the Member States3On 25 September 2008 the Council adopted a Resolution on a Comprehensive European Anti-counter­feiting and Anti-piracy Plan. The resolution is available at: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/intm/103037.pdf have failed to consider alternatives to the repression of non-commercial uses of copyrighted works by Internet-users. We also take the view that the proposals put forward in the communication, if they are carried on, will inhibit many of the socio-economic benefits that the Internet offers.

This memorandum uncovers the undesirable outcome of the Commission’s mention of voluntary agreements between stakeholders (1.). It also outlines how the view regarding copyright enforcement laid out in the communication could eventually severely undermine the rights and freedoms of European citizens (2.). From original analytical mistakes (3.) stems a wrongful assessment of the impact of file-sharing (4.), and so we urge the Commission to reconsider its copyright policies (5.).

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1. Since Spring 2008, the European Union, the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia as well as a few other countries have been secretly negotiating a trade treaty aimed at enforcing copyright and tackling counterfeited goods. See our web-dossier: http://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta
2. See for instance the resolution of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) on enforcement of copyright, trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights: http://tacd.org/index2.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=234&Itemid=40
3. On 25 September 2008 the Council adopted a Resolution on a Comprehensive European Anti-counter­feiting and Anti-piracy Plan. The resolution is available at: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/intm/103037.pdf

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