The creators of the Internet were designed to make the world better, wiser and more general. To some extent, this is the case. Therefore, corporations that created Internet tools had great freedom from the beginning. At the beginning of the 21st century, they were acquitted of what happened on the Internet. Thus, such harmful events; hate, fake news, misinformation, data theft, identity theft, information warfare, cookies. There is a growing need to regulate and even eliminate these events.
Similarly, there is a need to compensate for the inequality of websites on the Internet and to provide fair rewards – this was discussed by the participants of the conference “Legion on the Internet – how to build a fair game on the Internet” organized by the Creative Poland Association. Opportunity for this meeting on April 25 this year at Służewiecki Dom Kultury. It was World Intellectual Property Day.
The Internet is global and requires global legal regulations – this was the thesis put forward by moderator Cesari Schimanek. – The time of our regulations has passed. We lag behind most European countries. He stressed that the Polish Internet is not conducive to the development of creativity.
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What rights are violated on the Internet?
Panel participants were asked what was most important to them on the Internet: property rights, access to culture, or freedom of speech?
Lyudmila Mitrega, president of the Association of Photojournalists, singer and composer Lanberry, and Jan Mlotkowski, vice president of the SDK, said. in fact, ownership is paramount and is most often violated on the internet. However, they acknowledged that these values are incomparable.
“Owners of large Internet platforms have introduced the language of discussion, and some users who have come up with new technologies have convinced them that the rewarding of authors, the legal regulation of certain values is associated with the application of censorship,” said Jan Młotkowski.
He gave an example; we are all accustomed to showing tickets at the entrance when we come to the cinema and no one is offended because it is controlled. It’s different on the Internet – controlling content while sitting causes heated protests from users.
Composer Lanbury said that this attitude of Internet users is due to the lack of education at school. – We have chaos in the establishment of an effective legal system, which leads to the violation of property rights and the introduction of censorship, – said Ludmila Mitrega, adding that the most effective censorship is economic censorship. “There is no need to impose official censorship when we do not force the media and guarantee the rights of journalists,” he added.
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The greatest resistance
Panel participants acknowledged that the biggest brakes on system changes on the Internet are platforms such as YouTube, Google and even our Ministry of Culture. Participants acknowledged that these largest digital platforms are blocking the EU’s 2019/790 Copyright Directive because it will have to share profits with authors. – Without clear rules and the implementation of a copyright directive, the creators of music, film and other arts have no chance of protection and fair reward. – Jean Mlotkowski emphasized.
Currently, artists receive 14 percent. Salaries from the online sale of songs and intermediaries such as 80 percent of the media “eats” flowdigital distributors, etc.
The Ministry of Culture, in turn, has prepared an act on the rights of a professional artist. This act was to civilize the conditions of art work and to provide the lowest earning artists with a minimum social security in the form of access to social and health insurance. The cost of the solution does not burden taxpayers, as they are funded by fictitious income. reprographic duty and blank media duty paid by electronic equipment manufacturers and importers (called fair cultural compensation).
– This law has a major drawback: it does not provide a new list of free media that is downloaded to creators, such as the most commonly used smartphone or tablet. – said the composer, Vice-President of the Trade Union of Musicians of the Republic of Poland Maciej Zieliński. – One signature of the Minister of Culture is enough, because there is no need for a law, the issue is regulated by an order. But the lobby of major Internet platforms is against it.
Currently, blank media that allows you to copy works for your own use includes paper and CDs, USB disks, CD players, DVDs, copiers and scanners, ie equipment that is slowly coming out of circulation. – Artists receive from 30 PLN to a maximum of 20 thousand PLN every year from the Culture Promotion Foundation. PLN, not too much – reports Agnieszka Nowak-Komorowska, co-financing manager at PLR and SAiW.
On Tuesday, April 26, the EU Court of Justice will announce its decision on the copyright directive on Poland’s appeal. The Polish government has accused the provisions of the directive to evade responsibility Internet platforms that are obliged to use it should automatically check (filter) the content posted by users in terms of potential copyright infringement. This, along with the obligation to apply preventive control mechanisms, does not meet the requirement of proportionality and thus violates the right to freedom of expression.