This is just some quick advance warning that the deadline for submitting comments to the IPRED consultation is drawing near: 31 March 2011. I'll be publishing my own thoughts next week, but meanwhile, here's some background info for you to mull over.
Just to refresh your memories about extremely problematic IPRED – the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive – and what's at stake, here's La Quadrature du Net on the current consultation:
The European Commission has begun a process to modify its copyright, patent and trademark enforcement laws with the revision of the IPRED "anti-sharing" directive. By stepping up enforcement in the spirit of the ACTA agreement, the Commission wants to turn Internet companies into a copyright police. This would have disastrous consequences on online free speech, the right to privacy and the right to a fair trial. Every EU citizen and NGO is invited to participate to the consultation process to defend fundamental rights and express their views on alternatives to blind and dangerous enforcement. La Quadrature has published its draft answer and a wiki guide to help everyone participate.
Also worth noting is the "Report from the commission to the European Parliament", which contains a number of seriously erroneous statements that need rebutting.
Finally, the main page of the consultation gives details on how to respond, depending on whether you are doing so as citizens, organisations or public authorities.