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Michał Sikorski from “1670” took the floor. He fights for royalties

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has proposed changes that will not provide creators with royalties from the Internet. The project concerns the implementation of the directive introducing changes to copyright and related rights in the digital space, but it does not regulate the issue of royalties for filmmakers. As it turns out, Poland is the only country in the European Union that does not regulate this issue.

In this matter, Jan Holoubek, Mateusz Damięcki and Maciej Stuhr, among others, expressed their dissatisfaction. Young artists also decided to fight for their future and not only went to the protest that took place on February 21, but also decided to take part in a press conference in the Sejm. “We do not stop fighting for Internet royalties!”

Michał Sikorski also spoke. An actor who became popular thanks to his appearance in the series “1670”. He decided to explain to Internet users what royalties are.

“Royalties are the last installment for our work, which is paid by television and cinemas from their profits. But the reality has changed so much that now we simply watch most films and series via streaming. And five years ago, the European Union introduced a directive that obliges states to Member States to regulate the law so that creators are guaranteed royalties, including for streaming,” he says in a video published on the Instagram of the SFP Young Circle.

The actor emphasized that Poland is the only country in the EU that does not have guaranteed royalties. “Neither the previous nor the current government, for unknown reasons, does this. That’s why we protest,” he added.

Every day, videos in which famous actors, creators and TV personalities support the protest appear on the profile of the SFP Youth Circle.

Michał Sikorski was born on September 5, 1995 in Wadowice. He graduated from acting studies at the Academy of Theater Arts. Stanisław Wyspiański in Krakow. It was then that he took his first steps on the stage of the theater. He played, among others: in the play “Hamlet” directed by Maja Kleczewska, where he played the role of Horace. He received very positive reviews from critics for his performance.

Michał Sikorski delighted the audience with his performance on the big screen in the film “Sonata”, which was based on real events. The actor played his first main role, playing the role of Grzegorz Płonka, and won numerous awards for it, including the award for acting debut at the Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia.

In the following years, he regularly appeared in popular Polish productions. We could watch him in the films: “Black Sheep”, “You’ve Got It!”, “Kos” and Netflix’s “Freestyle”. He also appeared in the series: “Open Your Eyes” and “Once Upon a Time on National Channel One”. In January 2024, the latest title with his participation – “Kos” – will hit cinemas.

Michał Sikorski became known to a wide audience as Father Jakub in the series “1670”.

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