Geo-blocking: Unjustified barrier to the digital single market or legitimate commercial practice?

A key plank in the Digital Market Strategy is described by the European Commission as “preventing unjustified geo-blocking”, and legislative proposals are planned for the first half of 2016 to address this practice. Online sellers use geo-blocking for commercial reasons to either deny access to websites and content based in other member states, re-route traffic to local websites or apply different prices. By limiting consumer opportunities and choice, geo-blocking is a significant cause of consumer dissatisfaction and fragmentation of the Internal Market.

This seminar will focus on territoriality issues regarding copyright in the audiovisual sector. Key questions for the seminar include:

  • Can geo-blocking ever be justified, or are the plans on geo-blocking and copyright too cautious?
  • Is geo-targeting a legitimate practice arising from commercial agreements between producers and distributors to segment the market, e.g in the cinema industry?
  • Do geo-blocking restrictions infringe the rules of EU competition law?

 

Felice Simonelli, Researcher at CEPS : Geo-blocking in the audiovisual sector

Summary of the event

European Broadcasting Union, position paper on Copyright Licensing

9
July 2015
Thursday
13:15-16:00

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Speakers

Anna Herold
Member, Cabinet of Commissioner Oettinger, European Commission
Nicola Frank
Head of European Affairs, European Broadcasting Union
Agustín Reyna
Senior Legal Officer & Digital Team Leader, The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
Stephen Turner
Policy Officer, European Digital Media Association (EDiMA)
Felice Simonelli
Researcher, CEPS

Chair

Colin Blackman
Director, CEPS Digital Forum

Geo-blocking: Unjustified barrier to the digital single market or legitimate commercial practice?

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9
July 2015
Thursday
13:15-16:00
Participation in CEPS meetings is a benefit of membership. Non-members may be admitted for €150, to be paid upon receipt of an invoice. A light lunch will be served before the event from 12:30.

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CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels