Monday 15 July 2013

What's going on in Europe? UK IPO needs you!

Having enjoyed a truly dreamlike sunny weather in Cambridge, this blogger thought of concluding the day in glory by checking what was new over her various social media. While on Twitter, she discovered this tweet from the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO):

A call for help + in the area of EU copyright: is there anything better to end a perfect day? 

The areas on which the IPO is particularly keen on receiving interested parties' views as well as any supporting evidence [ever heard of it?] are Commission's IP Strategy (1709 Blog related posts here) and the [infamous? see IPKat posts here and here] Licences for Europe initiative. 

Summer in Cambridge
Overall, the IPO has posed quite a few questions in order to develop its thinking on how best to respond to forthcoming developments in EU copyright. Answers are in fact intended to help IPO "understand the impact that potential changes to the European copyright framework might have."

The following are the issues on which YOUR feedback is needed:

1. The European Commission has highlighted a number of areas for consideration in its 
Intellectual Property Strategy. 

a. Are there any comments you would like to make on the proposals that have been highlighted?

b. Are there any further steps which need to be taken to complete the Single Market in this area? If so, what?

c. Are there any areas where European copyright law [or rather case law, given that current EU law-maker appears to be the Court of Justice, rather than EU legislative] needs amendment to ensure it is keeping pace with technological development? If so, where?

Are you brave enough to rescue IPO?
2. Of the four areas highlighted by the European Commission for their “Licences for Europe” dialogues, are there particular points that you would like to raise? [by the way, at the beginning of July a mid-term plenary session took place: does anyone know what happened there?]

You have time until 11 October 2013 to help IPO. You can submit your contribution either by email ( or post to:

Copyright and Enforcement Directorate
Room 1Y05
Intellectual Property Office
Concept House
Cardiff Road
NP10 8QQ

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