UPC Polska hit by copyright fine

October 17, 2013 05.04 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

centrum_upc_head_office_warsawThe Polish Filmmakers’ Association (SFP) has won a significant legal victory against UPC Polska, the country’s leading cable operator.

In a statement, the association says that the Warsaw Court of Appeal pay the SFP compensation for the non-contractual rebroadcasting of audiovisual works.

The actual amount, though not specified, will according to the SFP run into many millions of zloty.

The SFP adds that the UPC case marks a significant step in cable retransmission in Poland.

It is also the final confirmation that the existing market rate of 2.2% is an appropriate amount for the use of copyright protected by the SFP.

The association points out that a few months ago it signed an agreement with Multimedia Polska, Poland’s third largest cable operator, confirming the rate at 2.2%.

UPC Polska is expected to appeal the court’s decision.