The European Commission has launched a consultation as part of a review of the EU’s current copyright framework.
The consultation is open to the public and is being used by an extremely vocal anti-copyright lobby to distort the debate by the sending of thousands of contributions from individual internet users. It is therefore crucial that creators add their voices to those of their professional organisations as it appears that, unfortunately numbers might count more than content.
How long will it take to respond?
The consultation is long, but most of it won’t be directly relevant to you. Our partner organisation in Europe, SAA, has come up with suggested answers which you could use. This way, it should take no more than 5 minutes. They’ve provided a short cut to the most relevant areas, and some suggested responses.
The areas chosen are:
• Copyright duration (question 20)
• Exceptions and limitations to copyright (questions 21 to 24),
• User-generated content (questions 58 and 61),
• Private copying (questions 64 to 71),
• Fair remuneration (questions 72 to 74)
Question 80 also gives room to address “any other matters” you may like to raise.
Please adapt the proposals to your own words and add any relevant concerns that you have. But please do respond, if you have any interest in how your work is used – and how fairly you are paid for it in the future.
Please complete any relevant sections and then click on the download button at the end of the form to receive the completed document and send it by email to the Commission.
The deadline for submitting contributions to the Commission is 5 March 2014.