I am pleased to inform of my appointment by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland as the arbitrator to the Copyright Commission for a five-year term.
A claim for an increase of the author’s remuneration as exemplified by Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Witcher” and CD Projekt S.A - an interview with Janusz Piotr Kolczyński by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna
The media has recently spread the news that Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the “Witcher” novel, has demanded that CD Projekt S.A. increase his remuneration for the transfer of the copyright to “Witcher”. The author has requested, via his lawyers [request for payment], to be paid additional PLN 60m, which would reflect the market success of the computer game of the same title published by CD Projekt.
Lawyers’ commentary for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna pertaining to the new Act on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights
On 19 July 2018, the new Act on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights of 15 June 2018 entered into force. In Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Attorney Janusz Piotr Kolczyński commented on the new provisions.
The reform of EU copyright law: Janusz Piotr Kolczyński explains the major issues pertaining to controversial Articles 11 and 13 related to the draft EU copyright directive in a conversation with Witrualnemedia.pl.
We are presenting the conversation of Janusz Piotr Kolczyński, Att. with Wirtualnemedia.pl website about some provisions of the draft EU directive amending copyright.
INALIENABLE REMUNERATION (AUDIOVISUAL ROYALTIES) FOR THE PUBLIC BROADCASTING OF AUDIOVISUAL WORK - PRESENTATION AT WARSAW UNIVERSITY
On 11 April 2018 at Warsaw University, I gave a lecture on inalienable remuneration (audiovisual royalties) for public broadcasting of audiovisual work, during a doctoral seminar chaired by Professor Monika Czajkowska-Dąbrowska.
The audiovisual (statutory) royalties
The article outlines the issue of remuneration for using of audiovisual works in Poland by also looking into a new movement in the world of copyright law. The amount of audiovisual royalties collected by CSs in Poland is currently significant and still growing, since the right in question is attributed both to Polish as well as to foreign authors or artistic performers who do not even have to be members of (proper) collecting society to demand royalties. It is the every user of an audiovisual work under the obligation to pay to the statutory royalties
Size of damage caused by the dissemination of illegal files: lawyers from the Law Office speak critically about the precedent-setting decision of the Court of Appeal in Warsaw
You are heartily welcome to read the newest comments by Janusz Piotr Kolczyński, Att. for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (hereinafter: “DGP”) and Wirtualnemedia.pl website (hereinafter: ‘WM”), pertaining to the precedent-setting decision of the Court of Appeal in Warsaw of 29 August 2017, file ref. No. VI ACa 600/16 with respect to the dissemination, through Chomikuj.pl website, of files deriving from illegal sources in the context of the size of the damage caused by such activity.
Sharing videos using the Torrent network
The discussion on the legality of sharing videos using the Torrent network used to share files on the Internet does not stop. Recently, it resurged again due to sharing one of the Polish comedies over the Torrent. The issue was discussed by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna in its article of January 4, 2017 titled "Sharing of "Wkręcani" through Torrrent is not a criminal offence?".