United above the Divisions
The European Commission intends to introduce a new tool, allegedly to protect copyrights, and in fact to subordinate the information market to the largest media corporations.
Two articles are the most controversial:
- Art. 11 — introduces a compulsory payment for sharing materials online, this means stopping information flow, getting rid of small publishers and limiting even linking to websites (so-called "link tax").
- Art. 13 — it concerns the owners of online platforms who will have to ensure the legality of posted content. This means that the content of platform users, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google or Onet, Wirtualna Polska, will be obligatorily monitored. This directly affects the freedom to exchange information, the right to privacy or freedom of speech.