MEPs, member states and the European Commission agreed on a compromise deal to end geoblocking restrictions, a move that will force e-commerce businesses to sell to shoppers around the EU regardless of what country they live in.
One-and-a-half years after the European Commission proposed a string of new laws aimed at making it easier for e-commerce businesses to sell and for customers to buy across the EU, negotiations on those bills are trudging ahead at different speeds.
MEPs in the Internal Market Committee approved geoblocking rules that could open up access to music streaming sites and ebook sales across the EU, going beyond the European Commission's proposal and setting up a fight with industry groups.
An imminent commitments decision in the Amazon e-books case would help both parties avoid an escalation which would be in neither of their interests, according to sector experts. EURACTIV’s partner PaRR reports.
The European Commission has narrowly avoided a showdown with the music industry and e-book publishers over its new plans to stop e-commerce firms charging buyers more if they live in certain EU countries.
Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to take urgent action to align VAT rates for electronic books and press with those applied to paper publications. But no reform will take place before 2016. EURACTIV France reports.
The European Commission closed an antitrust inquiry into e-book prices yesterday (13 December) after Apple and four international publishers agreed to ease pricing restrictions on Amazon and other retailers.
The Commission yesterday (6 December) launched an investigation into potential price fixing between e-book publishers and Apple Inc, to examine whether rival publishers were blocked or consumers harmed.
Books that have been gathering dust on library bookshelves can now be transformed into eBooks, according to a pan European agreement signed by libraries, publishers and rightsholders yesterday (20 September).