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Introduction

European Union (EU) negotiators have agreed on a series of new rules allowing citizens of member states to maintain access to online content services when they travel out of their home country around the EU.

Highlights

  • The agreement marks the first related to the modernization of EU copyright rules as proposed by the European Commission as part of its Digital Single Market strategy announced in May 2015. The next step will see the agreement formally confirmed by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the implications of digital content services removing geoblocking.
  • Discusses the downsides to the new regulation.

Key questions answered

  • Why has the European Commission decided to do away with geoblocking online content?
  • Which content sectors will be affected most by the regulation?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • EU begins to dismantle cross-border content barriers
  • Portability details
  • Which services will be affected the most?

Appendix

  • Author

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