Poland has officially challenged the controversial copyright directive recently approved by the European Union, according to Reuters saying the legislation would bring unwanted censorship. The country filed its complaint yesterday before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Konrad Szymanski, said that "the system may result in the adoption of regulations similar to preventive censorship, which is prohibited not only in the Polish constitution but also in the EU treaties" . Two abstentions, eight in favor, 33 against, six without vote and two missing) when it was voted.
The Council of the European Union officially approved the directive in April, and it will come into force on June 7, 2019. After that action, the member states of the EU will have until June 7, 2021 to elaborate their own laws to implement it. The legislation is designed to update the copyright law and contains a series of controversial clauses, such as Article 11, the so-called "link tax", which will allow publishers to upload platforms such as Google to show news and Article 13. which says that the platforms would be responsible for content that infringes a person's copyright.
Users of platforms such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and others fear that the policy may 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 eliminate anything that infringes copyrights, such as music or pirated movies. Now sites should proactively ensure that copyrighted content is not incorporated into the site. As my colleagues James Vincent and Russell Brandom pointed out last year, the sites may have to resort to the implementation of a filter that "would be ripe for the abuse of copyright trolls and commit millions of errors". Technology simply does not exist to scan Internet content in this way. "