Poland Files a Complaint against the European Union’s Copyright Order

Poland has officially questioned the European Union’s recently-accepted contentious copyright decree, saying that the law would bring undesired censorship. The nation filed its complaint with the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Konrad Szymanski Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister stated that the system might result in embracing regulations that are comparable to deterrent censorship, which is prohibited not only in the Polish constitution but also in the EU treaties. Polish MPs chiefly rejected the step when it was voted on.

The Council of the European Union officially accepted the order in April, and it comes into effect on 7th June 2019. After that action, EU member states would have till June 7th, 2021 to come up with their own laws to enforce it. The laws is designed to update copyright law, and consist of a number of disputable clauses, like Article 11, the so-called “link tax,” which would allow publishers to charge platforms such as Google to display news stories, and Article 13, which mentions that platforms would be responsible for content that violate on someone’s copyright.

Users for platforms like Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, and others fear that the order could be dangerous to how they use the site — content platforms aren’t accountable for what they’re hosting, provided they make the endeavor to get rid of anything that is contravening on one’s copyright, such as music or pirated movies. Sites would now have to boldly assure that copyrighted content isn’t making it to the site.

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