The new provision on the banning of unjustified geoblocking in online sales is at the heart of the EU Commission’s aspiration and effort to create a real Digital Single Market within the European Union.
The term “geoblocking” stands for any type of technical or contractual discrimination based on the nationality or residence of a customer. It is a common phenomenon … Continue Reading
What has happened?
The European Union will end unjustified geoblocking for consumers wishing to buy products or services online within the EU before the end of next year.
What does this mean?
The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached an agreement whereby consumers will be able to buy goods and services online from any EU country.
The … Continue Reading
Towards the end of 2015 the European Commission delivered two proposals for reforms to the EU’s e-commerce regulatory landscape (the “Draft Directives”):
- a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the supply of digital content (the “Digital Content Directive”); and
- a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the distance sale of goods (the “Distance Goods Directive”).
These … Continue Reading
News site Politico this week leaked a draft proposal for an EU Regulation on addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on place of residence or establishment, or nationality within the Single Market. (And as a reminder – the phrase “geo-blocking” in this context refers to access limitations to websites generally rather than blocking audio-visual content – and indeed … Continue Reading
DSM Watch: on 24 February the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) organised a conference in London on the European Commission’s proposals under its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy for the directive for distance sales of goods and the directive for the sale of digital content. Our DSM Task Force team is a multi-jurisdiction, cross-practice group working … Continue Reading
In its decision in Sanoma Media v Viestintävirasto the Court of Justice of the European Union signals a technical but potentially significant clarification in the application of the Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.
This may trigger some national regulators to re-examine their approach and some broadcasters may, in turn, face pressure to adjust the amount of advertising content … Continue Reading
The European Commission is planning to put forward the first legislative proposals under its Digital Single Market strategy on 9 December. The proposals will fall within the ambit of “Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe” – but that covers a range of different issues, so we’re still not sure what will emerge by … Continue Reading