After a long dispute and many protests from the population, the EU decided on the new copyright law. EU member state Poland is now taking legal action against the controversial new law.
Poland, as well as the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Finland and Sweden, voted against the copyright reform. In the end, however, it was adopted by a narrow majority. Poland has now brought an action before the European Court of Justice.
The office of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described the new copyright directive in a tweet as a disproportionate measure that promotes censorship and endangers freedom of expression.
Particularly controversial is the paragraph known as “Article 13”, which stipulates that providers must check each upload to see whether the uploaded material infringes copyright. This can only be implemented with the help of upload filters, which has numerous disadvantages. The filters could be misused for censorship purposes, among other things. But artistic freedom and freedom of expression on the Internet are also threatened, since satires or intertextual references, for example, are hardly likely to be recognized as such by the filters and blocked accordingly.
The complaint before the European Court of Justice raises again the issue that has been controversially discussed in recent months. The decision of the Court remains to be seen.