About: geo-blocking

Digital 07-02-2018

European Parliament bans geo-blocking for e-commerce

The new legislation approved by European Parliament requires websites to sell their goods throughout the EU regardless of the country the buyer resides in. It could apply to online cultural content like music streaming and ebooks within two years. EURACTIV.fr reports
Digital 21-11-2017

Negotiators agree to end geoblocking in move ahead on EU ecommerce files

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.
Digital 26-06-2017

String of e-commerce bills struggle to keep pace

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.
Digital 25-04-2017

MEPs want to lift online geoblocking for Spotify and ebooks

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.
Digital 02-06-2016

The EU goes digital (sort of)

Europe tends to be perceived as a laggard when it comes to innovative technologies. This characterisation must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, some European countries are global leaders in innovation, writes Diego Zuluaga.
Digital 25-05-2016

Spotify spared from Commission’s geoblocking plans for now

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.
Digital 25-05-2016

EU plans to free up online shopping, set Netflix quotas

The EU is set to unveil proposals Wednesday (25 May) to make firms lift international barriers for Internet shoppers, and to force Netflix and Amazon to accept quotas for European movies and TV shows.
Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip
Digital 28-01-2016

Commission to propose in May ending geo-blocking for online sales

The European Commission is trying to dispel fears that its upcoming regulation of online businesses will step on companies' toes.
Digital 11-01-2016

The Digital Single Market is an opportunity to empower citizens

The first legislative proposals of the Digital Single Market strategy will be brought to the European Parliament this week. The debate must focus on the needs of European citizens, not vested interests, writes Eva Paunova. 
Languages & Culture 27-08-2015

Brussels launches public consultation on geo-blocking

The European Commission has launched a public consultation into the 1993 Satellite and Cable Directive, as a first step in its review of copyright law for online audiovisual content. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Copyright rapporteur MEP Julia Reda called for a rejection of the Google tax amendment
Digital 09-07-2015

Copyright: MEPs ditch plans for Google Tax, tourist photo ban

Members of the European Parliament have struck down two controversial amendments from a report on copyright reform - rules over the right to take photos of buildings and an EU "Google Tax".
Digital 17-06-2015

MEPs vote to protect geo-blocking from copyright reform

MEPs have watered down the report by Pirate Party member Julia Reda on copyright reform, refusing to accept the harmonisation of exceptions and asking the Commission to rethink the question of geo-blocking. EURACTIV France reports
Digital 16-06-2015

A troll under the digital bridge

Copyright reforms in the Digital Single Market (DSM) are a start. But digital patent reforms are inevitable if Europe wants to compete against the United States and China, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.
Digital 09-06-2015

MEP Reda: Commission is too cautious on geo-blocking and copyright law

The European Commission is aiming to tear down “regulatory walls” for digital products and services and turn 28 national markets into a single digital market. But plans on geo-blocking and copyright law are too cautious, says MEP Julia Reda from the Pirate Party in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Languages & Culture 08-05-2015

Commission dilutes copyright reform in digital strategy

Rights holders breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday (6 May), when the European Commission unveiled its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. The executive's determination to tackle copyright reform has waned in the face of fierce oppposition. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 07-05-2015

EU ‘racing to catch up’ with Digital Single Market plan

The European Commission has announced its long-awaited strategy for a Digital Single Market, with issues ranging from consumer rights in online retail, copyright and data protection to network expansion and the use of modern techniques for industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Competition 06-05-2015

Europe’s digital revolution

The Digital Single Market is our chance to compete with the US on knowledge and innovation, writes Eva Paunova.
Languages & Culture 05-05-2015

Language entrepreneur: Smaller languages could be lost in the Digital Single Market

Opening borders may undermine smaller languages, unless research initiatives support making translation more competitive, says Andrejs Vasiljevs.
Digital 12-03-2015

Geo-blocking attacked from all sides

Criticism of copyright law has crystallised around the territorial restriction of content within the EU. The subject of "geo-blocking" is high on the European Commission's list of priorities. EURACTIV France reports
Languages & Culture 11-03-2015

Tintin writer: ‘Copyright has always been a battle’

For Benoît Peeters, copyright is a constant battle. The comics writer told EURACTIV France how the system feeds authors’ creativity over the long term, whilst allowing them to retain moral authority over their work.