The European Commission is planning to modernize the EU copyright framework "to remove current obstacles, promote rapid digital developments and make copyright fit for the digital age".

In order to decide how to proceed, they have launched a public consultation, open until 5 March 2014.

With publishers' livelihood depending on copyright, IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel is calling on publishers across Europe to participate in the consultation, to make sure their views and interests are taken into account.

"The European Copyright Directive is a central tenet of copyright in Europe. I call on every publisher to help the Commission understand how changes to copyright law will affect their business and their ability to provide the public with great books."

The good news is that it's easy for publishers to participate in the process. You can answer the online questionnaire, created by our colleagues at the UK Performing Rights Society. Please try to incorporate as many figures and examples as you can.

We need as many publishing houses from as many Member States as possible to send their answer to the Commission's questionnaire by 5th February. 3,000 consumers have already answered the questionnaire, please make sure the publisher's voice is also heard!

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