[A2k] European Commission Public Consultation on Copyright: La Quadrature du Net's Answer

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European Commission Public Consultation on Copyright: La Quadrature du Net's Answer

*** Paris, 14 February 2014 — The European Commission's public consultation [1] on copyright reform is open until 5 March [The European Commission extended the deadline by a month]. This consultation represents an important opportunity for European citizens to demand that access to culture and knowledge be recognised as their fundamental right. It also allows the interests of authors and creators to be defended against those of the cultural industries, major distributors and intermediaries, and heirs of right holders who currently receive the greatest share of income from copyrighted works. La Quadrature du Net therefore calls on the maximum of citizens and organisations to reply to the consultation [2] and support a positive reform of copyright. ***

Today La Quadrature du Net publishes its version submission [3] to the consultation in English, and reaffirms its critics [4] concerning the Commission's questionnaire, blinkered and short-sighted framing, and which fails to address the key question of the legalisation of non-commercial sharing between individuals. Furthermore, it betrays the underlying assumption that further intensification and implementation of repressive measures against copyright violations is necessary and unavoidable. This submission rejects these limitations and opens up the debate from a clean slate and proposes a solid, transparent and coherent proposal for reform.

La Quadrature du Net calls on all citizens and organisations to use it to prepare and to send their submission to the Commission, and put on line some advise and assistance [2].

“Responding to this consultation is only the first step. We will follow the analysis of submissions and all legislative actions and contractual policies in Europe and France. To carry forward the will of citizens as expressed during the successful mobilisation against ACTA is a democratic duty” conclude Lionel Maurel and Philippe Aigrain, members of the Strategic Council of La Quadrature du Net.

* References *

1. http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2013/copyright-rules/index_en.htm

2. https://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/European_Commission_Consultation

3. https://www.laquadrature.net/files/La_Quadrature_du_Net_s_response_to_the_European_Commission_s_consultation_on_copyright_reform.pdf

4. https://www.laquadrature.net/en/fundamental-cultural-rights-must-be-at-the-heart-of-copyright-reform-in-europe

** About La Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. 

In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net

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