On the Role of Copyright Protection in the Information Society - Anti-ACTA Protests in Poland as a Lesson of Participatory Democracy

Author:Katarzyna Gracz
Position:Phd Candidate at the Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence
Pages:21-35
SUMMARY

In January 2012, Poland witnessed massive protests, both in the streets and on the Internet, opposing ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which triggered a wave of strong anti-ACTA movements across Europe. In Poland, these protests had further far-reaching consequences, as they not only changed the initial position of the government on the controversial treaty but also... (see full summary)

 
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On the Role of Copyright Protection in the Information Society
2013
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Abstract: In January 2012, Poland witnessed
massive protests, both in the streets and on
the Internet, opposing ratification of the Anti-
Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which triggered a
wave of strong anti-ACTA movements across Europe.
In Poland, these protests had further far-reaching
consequences, as they not only changed the initial
position of the government on the controversial
treaty but also actually started a public debate on
the role of copyright law in the information society.
Moreover, as a result of these events the Polish
Ministry for Administration and Digitisation launched
a round table, gathering various stakeholders to
negotiate a potential compromise with regard to
copyright law that would satisfy conflicting interests
of various actors.
This contribution will focus on a description of
this massive resentment towards ACTA and a
discussion of its potential reasons. Furthermore, the
mechanisms that led to the extraordinary influence
of the anti-ACTA movement on the governmental
decisions in Poland will be analysed through the
application of models and theories stemming from
the social sciences. The importance of procedural
justice in the copyright legislation process, especially
its influence on the image of copyright law and
obedience of its norms, will also be emphasised.
On the Role of Copyright Protection
in the Information Society
Anti-ACTA Protests in Poland as a Lesson in Participatory
Democracy
by Katarzyna Gracz*
Phd Candidate at the Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence
© 2013 Katarzyna Gracz
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de/urn:nbn:de:00 09-dppl-v3-en8.
Recommended citation: Kata rzyna Gracz, On the Role of Copyright P rotection in the Information Societ y, 4 (2013) JIPITEC 21,
para. 1.
Keywords: Copyright; Compliance; ACTA; Sociology of Law
A. Introduction
1
In January 2012, Poland witnessed massive
protests, both in the streets and on the Internet,
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Trade Agreement,1 which triggered a wave of
strong anti-ACTA movements across the whole of
Europe. In Poland, these protests had further far-
reaching consequences, as they not only changed
the initial position of the government regarding the
   
a public debate on the role of copyright law in the
information society. Moreover, as a result of these
events, the Polish Ministry for Administration and
Digitisation launched a round table, gathering
various stakeholders to negotiate a potential
compromise with regard to copyright law that would

dispute. This round table was the beginning of the
wider social consultations with academia, non-
governmental organisations, industry and interested
individuals on the shape that the potential reform
of the Polish law in general (not only intellectual
property law) should take to be able to adequately
meet the expectations of the information society.
The consultations, apart from intellectual property
law, focused on the new Internet business models,

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