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The lack of guilt does not exempt from liability for the unlawful use of someone else's photos downloaded from the Internet - comment of the lawyers of the Law Firm for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna on an interesting ruling of the District Court in Szczecin

On May 11, 2020, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna published an article entitled „Wykorzystywanie cudzych zdjęć w Internecie. Brak winy nie zwalnia od odpowiedzialności”. The journal included a comment of attorney-at-law Janusz Piotr Kolczyński, managing partner at Kancelaria Radcowska C.R.O.P.A. to an interesting preliminary ruling with reference number VIII GC 48/18 of the District Court in Szczecin.

The Supreme Court confirmed the new rates of royalties for authors and producers of audio-visual works for cable re-transmission of works.

The new rates of royalties for authors of audio-visual works and authors of works used in films, including rates for producers of such works, have been “officially” approved. They will be due for cable re-transmission. The new rates will replace, by virtue of law, the contractual ones, if they are different than the approved rates.

Constitutionality of Multiple Lump-Sum as Compensation for Copyright Infringement: Commentary by JP Kolczyński, Attorney-at-law

The Constitutional Tribunal (hereinafter: CT) received an inquiry from the Supreme Court (hereinafter: SC) pertaining to the constitutionality of provision of Art. 79.1.3 of the Act on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights of 4 February 1994 (Polish Journal of Laws [Dz.U.] of 2019, item 1231) in reference to the possibility of authors seeking a double amount of remuneration for copyright infringement.

Novelties in the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market - Continuation; Extended Collective Licensing

Below is another brief discussion of novelties which, on account of the Directive on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC (“DSM Directive”) of 17 April 2019, will soon be introduced to the copyright law.

Public consultations pertaining to the draft amendments in the Polish Civil Procedure Code: commentary by Janusz Piotr Kolczyński, attorney-at-law.

On 5 April 2019, the Government Legislation Centre published draft amendments of the Minister of Justice pertaining to the Polish Civil Procedure Code (hereinafter referred to as CPC). The amendments would enter into force on 1 January 2020. The deadline for submitting remarks to the draft amendments passes on 19 April 2019.

Attorney Janusz Piotr Kolczyński: 9th Term Arbiter in the new Copyright Commission

On 12 March 2019, information about the new composition of the 9th Term Copyright Commission was published in the Official Journal of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and on the websites of the Public Information Bulletin. We are pleased to announce that Attorney Janusz Piotr Kolczyński, the managing partner of the Law Firm, is among 20 arbiters appointed by Minister Professor Piotr Gliński.

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.

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