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Portal about IPRED[modifier

Next steps

  • Initially planned for 2012 - EU Commission presents proposal for a reform of IPRED

What is IPRED?[modifier


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 communictions 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questions: should we keep on harming fundamental freedoms and the free Internet to protect the entertainment industry's outdated business models?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?

Why is dangerous?[modifier

The next revision of the directive anti-shares IPRED is already planned by the European Commission as a repressive application of ACTA. On the contrary, this revision would be considered as an opportunity to define more just borders for the copyright's enforcement, by concentrating on breaches profit-seeking, and by protecting citizens realizing or using non-profit copies.

The Elected Representatives have to forge ahead by requiring a new copyright's regime more fair, by legalizing wide-spread practices realized aimlessly of profit - as the files' sharing, the remix, the mash-up and the other modifications of works used as forms of expression - by the exceptions in the copyright

How to act?[modifier

Stay informed and raise awareness about copyright around you

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