Change the Future of Copyright in Europe — Submit Your Comments to the European Commission

  • Save

The following comes from EFF Global Policy Analyst Maira Sutton.  Reprinted under Creative Commons license.

  • Save
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.
  • — 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.


Photo from Flickr by opensourceway used with the Creative Commons License.

9 Responses

  1. TuneHunter

    This legislative activity is also heavy on “fair use” I am afraid Google lobby is working hard to make media worthless and ADVERTISING around it super strong.

    The only way to exit shallow waters of streaming and ad supported FREE is to start discovery moment monetization.

    It will bring instant new life to all hard working saviors (as we speak devastators) of music industry.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it’s hard to say who’s more effective in the current war against music — Google, EFF or writers like Nina?

      Most of us are aware that Google and EFF fight musicians and try to kill copyright, so only the most naiive newbs are likely to listen to them.

      But nobody expects music sites like this to be hostile to music. So the impact could be significant.

      • TuneHunter

        The problem is that Google blinded with PPC
        If we can show the that PPT (pay per tune) in revised environment can be 10x as frequent middle ages will enter industrial revolution.
        Today YouTube prostitutes 100 to 200 tunes to get just ONE PPC. This is not 150 random tunes on the Radio, we are talking 100 to 200 custom, make my wish deliveries. INSANITY executed by Harvard educated NERDS.

  2. Anonymous

    It’s very important for all artists to understand that Nina is lying to you!

    It is not in any way ‘dizzying’ or complicated to send EU your copyright suggestions. And you don’t need any help from the anti-music and anti-copyright organizations Nina suggests.

    Please remember that EFF is the most extreme of them all; always fighting music, artists and copyright; financed by Google, etc.

    So let’s keep it simple:

    Click DIRECTLY on the “Public Consultation on the Review of the EU Copyright Rules”-link in the article above and send your opinion in a mail.

    This is about your future and your children’s future, whether you’re in the EU or US as one continent’s copyright laws spread to another in no time.

    And you should be aware that thousands of anti-music organizations and individuals have sent their anti-copyright demands already.

    So please hurry!

    You have until March 5 to explain to the European Commision that the Piracy Industry is destroying our culture unless we stop it.

    The illegal sites make hundreds of millions dollars every year from stealing your property and making it available for free on sites sponsored by the world’s biggests brands.

    But now you have a unique chance to stop it!

    Modern economy is based on Intellectual Property. Please tell the European Commision that we need to protect it from abuse.

    • Anonymous

      Artists who just can’t be bothered to visit the EU site 🙂 can write to EU directly here:

      It only takes 2 minutes, but it can change your world forever!

      Copyright is worthless if we can’t enforce it — so please ask the legislators to protect the music we all love.

    • Nina Ulloa

      you really don’t think that long 80 question survey might be confusing for some people?

      • Anonymous

        BS, none of the questions are obligatory.

        Just click the link and send:

        1) Your identity (you can be anonymous if you wish)
        2) Your Copyright suggestions (last question in the document).

    • Anonymous

      Yes, it’s probably the most far out anti-music organization on the planet.