The following comes from EFF Global Policy Analyst Maira Sutton. Reprinted under Creative Commons license.
The European Commission’s open consultation on copyright ends in less than a week on Mar. 5. It’s a rare and important opportunity for anyone who uses the Internet— whether you are a student or artist, librarian or entrepreneur — to influence the future of innovation policy in the region.
The 80 question “Public Consultation on the Review of the EU Copyright Rules” can be dizzying to tackle on its own, but there are several easy-to-use platforms that can help anyone with navigating the survey.
How to Submit Your Own Comments
- Let’s Fix EU Copyright! — Choose from a list of categories that best describe you, and this site will give you a list of questions that may be relevant to your interests.
- Copywrongs.eu — Pick from a variety of activities and statements about your experience with copyright, and this site will select related questions for you to answer.
- Webform: Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules — Use this form if you would like to answer any of the 80 questions. As you answer the questions, you can read other organizations’ answers. When you’re done, you can download your comments as a text document, and a pop-up will provide you with the address to email it to the European Commission.
- Przyszłość Prawa Autorskiego Konsultacje Europejskie —Modern Poland Foundation has created this platform to make it easy for Polish speakers to submit comments. You can answer one open-ended question about copyright, the 12 they have highlighted, or all 80 questions.
Submission and Guides from Other Organizations
Digital rights organizations across the EU have submitted their own comments, addressing a wide range of restrictive copyright policies that afflict Internet users across the region. You can check out these various replies below:
- Copyright4Creativity, a coalition of groups, including EFF, who advocate for an EU policy of balanced copyright and exceptions, have published their response in PDF form.
- The French digital rights organization, Le Quadrature du Net, have published an English language version of its submission
- The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure have published its answers, connecting copyright to the goal of rewarding software development, and creating an open and free Internet.
- Finally, Swedish MEP Amelia Andersdotter gives a guide to the questionnaire and explains why this consultation matters.
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