Copyright and Licensing in Poland

Poland is a signatory of major international copyright treaties, including the Berne Convention. It is also a member state of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

Known for having one of the most modern copyright laws in the world early in the 20th century, Poland has regularly updated its copyright law. The current statute was enacted in 1994, about the time that Poland became a full Member State of the European Union, and the copyright law has been regularly updated to ensure harmonization with the various Directives of the EU. Copyright administration is under the authority of Poland’s Intellectual Property and Media Department Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Legal Office.

Polska Ksiazka, the Polish Association of Authors and Publishers, is the collective management organization designated by the Ministry for administration of rights in books and other text-based materials.