ACTA Ratification Suspended in Poland

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Tusk: We put the ratification of ACTA on hold

By Staff (ps, PAP, IAR)
TOK FM

– “I made a definite decision to suspend the ACTA ratification process,”

said Prime Minister Donald Tusk today.

– “This is not enough,”

immediately responded lawyer Peter Waglowski (Vagla). The signature to the international agreement itself has “set” the normative debate in Poland.

The Prime Minister added that “this is bitter,” because he put a lot of energy into issues of freedoms of the Internet that have been the subject of ongoing dialogue.

In recent weeks, many Polish cities have seen mass demonstrations and protests against the signing of ACTA. Opponents argue that the provisions of that law could lead to censorship of the internet under the guise of combating piracy.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Tusk: Consultation incomplete

“I made a precise, thorough review of all the documentation and listened to the very detailed information of my ministers responsible for work on ACTA, especially Minister Zdrojewski and Minister Boni,” he stressed.

Tusk admitted that during the consultations about ACTA, the interests of the environment and points of view of Internet users were not adequately represented and consulted along with those of organizations primarily associated with broadcasters and filmmakers.

The Prime Minister said that the arguments demanding a re-run of the consultations and the suspension of the ratification process are justified.

“The announcement of suspension of the ratification process does not end the case,”

says lawyer Peter Waglowski on his website Vagla.pl

“By signing the international agreement [on 26 January in Tokyo – ed] the Polish government made a commitment, and this will have an impact on what Poland will or will not be able to do.”

Tusk promises to open debate

“We need to make sure ACTA is one hundred percent safe for the citizens – he said.

Unless all the questions are explained, the ratification process for ACTA will be suspended, and we cannot exclude the fact that the final decision might be a lack of acceptance for this contract,” he added.

Tusk said that national laws will be analyzed that might be changed.

“This debate may revise traditional views of property rights. Today’s legislations that result in imbalances between developers and users must be looked at – he said. – I have no doubt that the Polish laws are more restrictive than those of ACTA. We won’t organize Poland to be the most libertarian country, under international law, of course; we will not be an island,” he said.

Tusk also announced the immediate start of consultations and discussions on the contract.

“I took a very twentieth-century approach to the matter.”

Tusk admitted that he too had wanted to ratify ACTA hastily, without taking into account of changes in the modes of cultural exchange that have occurred in recent years.

“I must admit that during the discussion on the relationship: copyright, ownership, user rights and the right to access, especially to cultural and public information, it all requires a discussion of an incomparably higher level than has ever been held in Poland,” he said.

He added that the “higher level” means

“to meet the real demands of the XXI century”.

“I, perhaps because of my date of birth, approached this issue as a twentieth-century man. We need to make up for this,” said Tusk.

Tusk meeting on Monday with the Internet

Next Monday [6 Feb 2012], the Prime Minister will hold an open meeting with the Internet. The debate will be broadcast over the Internet and via traditional media. The Internet meeting is expected to begin at 14.00. Detailed information will be provided on the website of the Prime Minister’s Office. No meeting place has been given by the head of government.

 

Sources: TOK FM (Google translation from Polish) | Edited by Haiti Chery

UPDATE Feb 6th: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announced that he has also suspended the ratification of ACTA.

UPDATE Feb 17th: Poland Government: We Were Wrong, We Will Not Ratify ACTA

Tusk: We put the ratification of ACTA on hold

By Staff (ps, PAP, IAR)
TOK FM

– I made a definite decision to suspend the ratification process of ACTA – said Prime Minister Donald Tusk today.

– It is not enough – immediately responded lawyer Peter Waglowski (Vagla). – The signature to the international agreement itself has “set” the normative debate in Poland.

The Prime Minister added that “this is bitter,” because he put a lot of energy into issues of freedoms on the Internet that have been the subject of ongoing dialogue.

In recent weeks, in many Polish cities there have been mass demonstrations and protests against the signing of ACTA. Opponents argued that the provisions of that law could lead to censorship of the internet under the guise of combating piracy.

Tusk: Consultation incomplete

– I made a precise, thorough review of all the documentation and listened to the very detailed information of my ministers responsible for work on ACTA, especially Minister Zdrojewski and Minister Boni – he stressed.

Tusk admitted that during the consultation about. ACTA the interests of the environment and point of view of Internet users were not adequately represented and consulted along with organizations primarily associated with broadcasters and film makers.

The Prime Minister said that the arguments demanding a re-run of the consultations and the suspension of the ratification process are justified.

– Announcement of suspension of the ratification process does not end the case – says lawyer Peter Waglowski on his website Vagla.pl – By signing the international agreement [26 January in Tokyo – ed] the Polish government has made a commitment and this will have an impact on what Poland will or will not be able to do.

Tusk promises to open debate

– We need to make sure that ACTA is one hundred percent safe for the citizens – he said. – Unless all the questions are explained, the ratification process for ACTA will be suspended, and we cannot excluded the fact that in the final decision might be a lack of acceptance for this contract – he added.

Tusk said that national laws will be analyzed that might be changed. – This debate may revise the traditional view of property rights. Today’s legislations that result in imbalances between developers and users must be looked at – he said. – I have no doubt that the Polish laws are more restrictive than those of ACTA. We want to order in Poland was the most libertarian, of course, under international law, we will not be an island – he said.

Tusk also announced the immediate start of consultations and discussions on the contract.

“I would take a very twentieth-century approach to the matter.”

Tusk admitted that he too had wanted to ratify ACTA hastily, without taking into account of changes in the modes of cultural exchange that have occurred in recent years.

– I must admit that during the discussion on the relationship: copyright, ownership, user rights and the right to access, especially to cultural and public information, it all requires a discussion of an incomparably higher level than has ever been held in Poland – he said.

He added that the “higher level” means “to meet the real demands of the XXI century”. – I, perhaps because of my date of birth, approached this issue as a twentieth-century man. We need to make up for this – said Tusk.

Tusk meeting on Monday with the Internet

Next Monday, the Prime Minister will hold an open meeting with the Internet. The debate will be broadcast over the Internet and via traditional media. The Internet meeting is expected to begin at 14.00. Detailed information to be provided on the website of the Prime Minister’s Office. No meeting place has been given by the head of government.

 

Source: TOK FM

 

 

Tusk: We put the ratification of ACTA on hold

By Staff (ps, PAP, IAR)
TOK FM

– I made a definite decision to suspend the ratification process of ACTA – said Prime Minister Donald Tusk today.

– It is not enough – immediately responded lawyer Peter Waglowski (Vagla). – The signature to the international agreement itself has “set” the normative debate in Poland.

The Prime Minister added that “this is bitter,” because he put a lot of energy into issues of freedoms on the Internet that have been the subject of ongoing dialogue.

In recent weeks, in many Polish cities there have been mass demonstrations and protests against the signing of ACTA. Opponents argued that the provisions of that law could lead to censorship of the internet under the guise of combating piracy.

Tusk: Consultation incomplete

– I made a precise, thorough review of all the documentation and listened to the very detailed information of my ministers responsible for work on ACTA, especially Minister Zdrojewski and Minister Boni – he stressed.

Tusk admitted that during the consultation about. ACTA the interests of the environment and point of view of Internet users were not adequately represented and consulted along with organizations primarily associated with broadcasters and film makers.

The Prime Minister said that the arguments demanding a re-run of the consultations and the suspension of the ratification process are justified.

– Announcement of suspension of the ratification process does not end the case – says lawyer Peter Waglowski on his website Vagla.pl – By signing the international agreement [26 January in Tokyo – ed] the Polish government has made a commitment and this will have an impact on what Poland will or will not be able to do.

Tusk promises to open debate

– We need to make sure that ACTA is one hundred percent safe for the citizens – he said. – Unless all the questions are explained, the ratification process for ACTA will be suspended, and we cannot excluded the fact that in the final decision might be a lack of acceptance for this contract – he added.

Tusk said that national laws will be analyzed that might be changed. – This debate may revise the traditional view of property rights. Today’s legislations that result in imbalances between developers and users must be looked at – he said. – I have no doubt that the Polish laws are more restrictive than those of ACTA. We want to order in Poland was the most libertarian, of course, under international law, we will not be an island – he said.

Tusk also announced the immediate start of consultations and discussions on the contract.

“I would take a very twentieth-century approach to the matter.”

Tusk admitted that he too had wanted to ratify ACTA hastily, without taking into account of changes in the modes of cultural exchange that have occurred in recent years.

– I must admit that during the discussion on the relationship: copyright, ownership, user rights and the right to access, especially to cultural and public information, it all requires a discussion of an incomparably higher level than has ever been held in Poland – he said.

He added that the “higher level” means “to meet the real demands of the XXI century”. – I, perhaps because of my date of birth, approached this issue as a twentieth-century man. We need to make up for this – said Tusk.

Tusk meeting on Monday with the Internet

Next Monday, the Prime Minister will hold an open meeting with the Internet. The debate will be broadcast over the Internet and via traditional media. The Internet meeting is expected to begin at 14.00. Detailed information to be provided on the website of the Prime Minister’s Office. No meeting place has been given by the head of government.

 

Source: TOK FM

 

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