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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.

Report on European Parliament seminar: 'Self-regulation - should online companies police the Internet'

A sneak preview of the European Commission's plans for the E-commerce directive was given at a European Parliament seminar this week. Although the legislation itself will remain unchanged, the Commission does plan a series of non-legislative initiatives which will address the role of ISPs in taking down content from the Internet, in particular for copyright enforcement. The Commission says that it has no political direction on what it should do, although that is yet to be seen.

Read more: E-commerce directive - EU Commission gives notice of action

Bags- to-bubbly manufacturer LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) is lobbying the European Commission for amendments to EU law which will radically threaten the open Internet as we know it. It's a thinly-veiled variant on what other rights-holders tried to do with the Telecoms Package.

Read more: IPRED alert - LVMH takes pop shot at ISPs

The EU wants more talks with ISPs and Google about 'new ways to enforce copyright'.

After the failed Stakeholder Dialogue, the European Commission now wants to re-start ISP-rightsholder talks under a new chair-person. Robert Madelin, director general for Information Society and Media, has taken over the baton from Margot Frohlinger, head of copyright and IP at DG Markt. The talks will concern copyright enforcement on the Internet. They appear to include Google as well as

Read more: EU chief who caricatures users to lead new 3-strikes talks

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I am an  independent policy advisor, with expertise in online safety, technology and human rights. I am a published author, and post-doctoral scholar. I hold a PhD from the University of Westminster, and a DipM from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I cover the UK and EU. I'm a former tech journalist, and an experienced panelist and Chair. My media credits include the BBC, iNews, Times, Guardian and Politico.

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