Brussels breaks down blocking
As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission is set to scrap geo-blocking across the EU to ensure that digital content can be consumed outside national borders. “Too many Europeans cannot use online services that are available in other EU countries, often without any justification, or they are re-routed to a local store with different prices,” says Brussels.
Regulators also want to modernise copyright law to improve people's access to culture and to support cultural diversity. At the same time they hope this will open new opportunities for artists and content creators.
“Europe cannot be at the forefront of the digital revolution with a patchwork of 28 different rules for telecommunications services, copyright, IT security and data protection,” says Günther H Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy and society. “We need a European market, which allows new business models to flourish, start-ups to grow and the industry to take advantage of the internet of things. And people have to invest too – in their IT-skills, be it in their job or their leisure time.”