May 24, 2019 / 9:01 AM / 4 months ago

Poland files complaint with EU's top court over copyright rule change

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

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland has submitted a complaint to the European Union’s top court against copyright rules adopted by the bloc in April to protect Europe’s creative industries, which Warsaw says may result in preventive censorship.

Google will have to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook filter out protected content under copyright rules aimed at ensuring fair compensation for the EU’s $1 trillion creative industries.

Poland has said the overhaul was a step backwards, arguing that the filter requirement could lay the foundation for censorship.

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

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by David Goodman

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