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13% of Poles are personally involved in the protest

Published on March 5, 2012 by: in: Society

Last weeks went by under the banner of protests against ACTA, and at work we decided to ask Poles what do they think about it.

The protest is a fight for freedom in the Internet

For young Poles the protest against ACTA means first of all a struggle for freedom of the Internet. As much as 43% of questioned young Poles in the range up to 30 years of age told us that the disapproval of ACTA stands for the fight for free Internet. The second most important reason named by the inquired is the vague way in which the government led consultations – 30% of young Poles are of this opinion. Our research does not confirm the thesis that the ACTA protest is a revolt of pirates displeased with the fact that the state will curtail their ability of downloading files from the web – this was claimed by only 12% of those surveyed.

photo: Alexander Lippling

photo: Alexander Lippling

Attitude towards the ACTA protest is of a generational nature

Results of the survey confirm the generational attitude towards the protest. People over thirty are much less inclined to believe that the protest against ACTA is concerned with the freedom of the Internet – only 28% of the polled gave that answer – as much as 15% less than young Poles. Older groups of the surveyed admit much more frequently that they do not know what the ACTA case is all about – 1/3 of Poles over thirty stated that compared with 14% of the under thirty group.

As much as 13% of young Poles are personally involved in the protest

The ACTA protest triggers young Poles’ civic activity, which seems vital, considering the hitherto weak social or political commitment of the rising generation. For the majority of them (53%) the ACTA protest is so important that they keenly follow developments or are personally involved – 13% of people under thirty declared the latter form of activity. Poles are worried that bringing in of ACTA shall constrain their access to music, films and books by the Internet. Solely 31% of the polled assert the opposite. This result demonstrates the connection Poles notice between ACTA and their access to culture. People are vexed that implementation of ACTA will hinder their free use of cultural content on the web. Meanwhile a study of informal circulation of culture shows that the Internet is the main source of culture for the young.

Poles are more for retaining free access to culture in the web, even if it entails restrictions on copyrights

The majority of Poles (52% of the population) is willing to acknowledge retaining of free access to books, films and music as part of civil liberties, which should be preserved, even if it requires some violation of copyrights. Here also emerge generational differences. 61% of Poles under thirty support that statement (including 71% in the youngest group – up to 24 years of age) and only 48% of those over thirty. 47% of Poles from the latter older group is of a different opinion.

About the survey: *poll was conducted by the Institute MillwardBrown SMG/KRC on January, 28-29 on the representative group of 1003 Poles.

Translation: Alicja Bratkowska

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About Dominika Blachnicka - Ciacek

Sociologist and PhD student at the Goldsmiths College University of London. For many years she has been doing research on social and cultural changes in Europe and Middle East. Founder of Culture Tales, author of documentary films.

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