Erica Flores

Poland has filed a complaint against the directive on the rights of …

Poland has officially challenged the controversial copyright directive recently passed by the European Union, according to Reuters, saying the legislation would bring unwanted censorship. The country presented its complaint yesterday to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said “the system may result in the adoption of regulations analogous to preventive censorship, which is prohibited not only in the Polish constitution but also in EU treaties.” Polish MPs predominantly rejected the measure (two abstentions, eight for, 33 against, six without a vote and two missing) when it was voted on.

The Council of the European Union officially approved the directive in April, and it will enter into force on June 7, 2019. After that action, EU member states will have until June 7, 2021 to produce their own laws to implement it. . The legislation is designed to update copyright law and contains a number of controversial clauses, such as Article 11, the so-called “link tax”, which will allow publishers to load platforms like Google to display news and Article 13. which says platforms would be liable for content that infringes on someone’s copyright.

Users of platforms such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and others fear that the directive could be detrimental to the way they use the site; Content platforms are not responsible for what they host, as long as they make an effort to remove anything. that you are infringing on copyrights, such as pirated music or movies. Now sites would have to proactively ensure that copyrighted content is not incorporated into the site. As my colleagues James Vincent and Russell Brandom pointed out last year, sites might have to resort to implementing a filter that “would be ripe for abuse by copyright trolls and would make millions of mistakes.” The technology simply does not exist to scan Internet content in this way. “