Eight countries including Poland against ACTA2

Poland and seven other EU member states voted against the proposed controversial copyright directive, the so called ACTA 2.

During Friday’s voting on the copyright directive eight countries, including Poland, voted against it in its proposed shape. Unofficially the other countries that opposed the directive as it was were: Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden and Malta. Slovenia chose to abstain.

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“As a result there is a difference in what the Council of the European Union proposes and what the European Parliament suggests. It is hard to predict how this will conclude, but we cannot exclude the possibility that the proposed regulations will change,” a European Union diplomat anonymously told the Polish Press Agency.

Details unknown

The press offices of the Council of the EU and of its Romanian presidency have not revealed the details of the agreed proposal that was eventually accepted and how it differs from the original. Ryszard Czarnecki, a MEP from Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, said that work on this regulation will be continued.

“This is one of very few matters that the EU parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission are all working on and which sparks so many emotions with the public,” emphasised Ryszard Czarnecki.

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Public campaign on its way

In Mr Czarnecki’s opinion a large public campaign on this subject will start after tripartite negotiations between those involved in the legislative process of the EU institutions.

“It is going to be a hot period between winter and spring. This will be one of the biggest challenges for the European Parliament and it may also fuel the eurosceptics’ campaign before the EP elections,” added Ryszard Czarnecki.

Digital single market

The “Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market” is a proposed EU measure intended to harmonise aspects of the EU copyright law and move towards a digital single market. The directive's specific proposals include giving press publishers direct copyright over the use of their publications by internet platforms such as online news aggregators and requiring websites, who primarily host content posted by users, to take "effective and proportionate" measures to prevent the unauthorised posting of copyrighted content or they will be liable for their users' actions.