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Polish gov’t criticises planned new EU online copyright rules

PR dla Zagranicy
Grzegorz Siwicki 14.09.2018 08:00
Poland’s digitisation ministry has criticised planned new EU copyright rules that aim to change the way in which internet companies use media, music, news articles and other content posted online, according to reports.
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The European Parliament on Wednesday voted by 438 to 226 to back new measures designed to reduce internet piracy and increase the profits of artists from works made available on the internet, but critics warned the new measures could limit the freedom of the internet and lead to censorship.

The Polish digitisation ministry on Thursday issued a statement to say that the planned new measures were contradictory to a compromise proposal that it said was worked out in July during the Bulgarian presidency of the European Union and which accommodated the position of the Polish government.

That proposal later underwent modifications in the course of debate in the European Parliament as a result of which it is no longer acceptable, the Polish digitisation ministry said.

It added that it was concerned about ensuring that any new rules do not harm freedom of speech.

With the proposed new measures greenlighted by EU lawmakers, the next step is negotiations with the European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union, and individual member countries to reconcile their different positions, with a final vote expected next year, according to news reports.


Source: gov.pl, IAR

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