On the 1st of October 2013, the II International CopyCamp conference was held in Warsaw, in Muranów cinema. The event was devoted to the subject of copyright in Poland and abroad and had strong representation in both guests of the conference and its participants. 43 presentations on various aspects of copyright given by lawyers, artists, medievists, sociologists, philosophers, economists, cultural managers, representatives of business, etc. proved that the subject of copyright is interesting and crucial for all of us.
On 17 January in Strasbourg, Michał Boni, the Minister of Administration and Digitization, participated in a meeting of the European Parliament working group specializing in personal data protection. With regards to the last year’s protests against ACTA, Mr Boni said: ‘The efficiency and effectiveness of a state depends on a good connection between an intelligent government and rule, and an open government and rule. The former means appropriate and citizen-oriented use of new technologies, the latter (‘open government’) – wider access to information, the right to use and modify this information, adjusting it to their needs’.
Further he stated: ‘We need to take into account the rights of authors, but also the rights of the contents’ users as well as the fact that there are mechanisms of the contents’ circulation. We also need to look for new business models and remove any existing obstacles’.
Translation: Monika Szewczyk
Yesterday five non-governmental organisations sent their two joint letters – to the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – about the negotiations being conducted on the trade agreement between Canada and the European Union (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – CETA).
In their letters the organisations demand that the Polish negotiating position in respect of the agreement and the relevant government’s actions in the current round of negotiations should be disclosed.
It is stated in the letters, among others: „In spite of an aura of mystery surrounding the negotiations of the agreement, the European Commission has recently confirmed that in the current version of CETA there are penal sanctions corresponding to the widely criticized ACTA provisions. These disproportionate penal measures are also intended to fight a non-commercial use of works under copyright (e.g. at cultural events). This is against social practice which fosters innovation and the development of new business models as well as against the reform of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights, necessary to adapt law to contemporary technical possibilities.”
And further: „We expect that Poland will take active steps to remove disproportionate penal sanctions, as well as all other repressive clauses on copyrights from CETA (as well as any and all other contracts and trade agreements, current and future). Such regulations should not be included in trade agreements, especially when negotiations are secret, without public debate. However, we expect above all that the Polish government will disclose its position adopted in the negotiations of the CETA agreement and penal sanctions included in the draft thereof.”
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