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The Digital Single Market: Geoblocking regulation ready to be enacted!

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

Posted in e-commerce Peter WattsOliver Wilson

EU ends unjustified geoblocking

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

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Oliver Wilson

The DSM and e-commerce reforms: the consumer rules

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

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce Jan BlockxChristian RitzOliver WilsonChristoph Wünschmann

DSM WATCH: Draft Proposal For Geo-Blocking Regulation Leaked

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

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce Oliver Wilson

UK Government workshop on EU digital contract proposals

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

Posted in Advertising, Broadcasting, Digital Single Market (EU) Peter WattsCharlie HawesOliver Wilson

CJEU Debates Limits on TV Advertising in Europe

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

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Policy & Regulation Oliver Wilson

DSM Watch – first legislative proposals for e-commerce reform due on 9 December 2015

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