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IPR Enforcement

IPR enforcement on the Internet is highly contrversial as measures may entail some form of content blocking and  impose new liabilities on  ISPs and content platforms.  Blocking measures immediately engage the right to freedom of expression.

This section  monitors  aspects of EU policy which relate to IPR and copyright enforcement from 2009. It covers a variety of industry-led proposals, including early moves against Internet providers. Iptegrity provided almost exclusive coverage of the European Commission's proposed Notice and Action Directive. It was  subsequently shelved - but will it re-appear? The section also logs industry moves which may influence the policy agenda and seeks to understand ways in which European  IPR enforcement policy could change or evolve.

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in copyright enforcement policy in the EU, you may like my books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

You might also like my latest  book 'The Closing of the Net' which examins corporate power and Internet policy, including 3 chapters on copyright.

 The European Commission  has confirmed that is is looking at a  Europe-wide approach to intellectual property enforcement on the Internet. In light of its  ACTA defeat, the Commission  is being deliberately ambiguous as to the nature of the measures under consideration. But could it mean pan-European web blocks?

Read more: EU puts fast-track IPR enforcement on the map

For those who missed it, the European Commission consultation on IPR enforcment (IPRED directive) closed yesterday.  It’s a very odd closing date, being Easter Sunday and a public holiday throughout the EU, and also being the day before April Fools day.  Does it make you suspicious? One quick glance at the IPRED consultation questionnaire should tell you – it  is  seriously problematic. 

Read more: European Commission copyright consultation is no April Fool

That is not what it said, but it is what is meant.

 The European Union is putting copyright and IPR enforcement on the back burner until 2014. It  means that 3-strikes, notice and action, and other enforcement measures currently the subject of proposed  legislation, are not expected  before then. This follows the EU’s fanfare announcement this week about stakeholder dialogues on innovative solutions for the digital economy. The announcement comes in the same week as the European Commission has withdrawn its referral of ACTA to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Read more: EU puts IPR enforcement on the back burner

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing. I am on the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group.  I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. For more, see About Iptegrity

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