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Poland files a complaint to the EU’s top court over copyright rule change

FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo within an office in Zurich, Switzerland, 5 December 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland has lodged a complaint with the European Union’s top court against the copyright rules set by the eu in April to protect Europe’s creative industries, which Warsaw says could lead to preventive censorship.

Google will have to pay publishers for news articles and Facebook filter content protected under the copyright law, and rules aimed at guaranteeing fair compensation for the EU, $1 billion creative industry.

Poland has said that the revision is a step backwards, with the argument that the filter requirement which could lay the foundation for censorship.

“This system may result in the adoption of regulations that are analogous to preventive censorship, which is banned, not only in the Polish constitution, but also in the EU treaties,” Vice-Minister of Foreign affairs Konrad Szymanski told public broadcaster TVP Info.

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by David Goodman

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