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DMA – a whole new world for large platform service providers?

On 15 December The European Commission published the long awaited Digital Markets Act proposal. The Proposed Regulation imposes a series of ex ante behavioural obligations on entities that the Commission designates as ‘gatekeepers’. The obligations for those designated platforms and the potential sanctions largely resemble behavioural remedies and fines that the European Commission might otherwise seek to impose under its competition law powers. The Commission’s enforcement action is expected to be intense, with ten on-site investigations per year and an additional 80 full time staff.

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Internet Photo of Alberto Bellan

DSM Watch – Platforms: EU Commission issues a Recommendation and a draft Regulation as the DSM approach towards ISPs takes (an irregular) shape

In a nutshell: As part of the DSM strategy, the Commission has recently published a series of new proposals impacting platforms and ISPs, including a Recommendation on tackling illegal content online and a draft Regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of e-commerce platforms. In these new documents, the Commission addresses consumer protection, fair competition and notice-and-take-down obligations. We highlight the main possible changes below. Last Thursday (26 April 2018) the EU Commission issued a draft “Regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation

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Tomorrow’s landscape for digital business – The Digital Single Market becomes real!

DSM – What is it about? In 2018, we will see new EU legislation being widely implemented as part of the EU Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The amendments to the current legal framework are far reaching and will potentially be game changing. Some of the key areas to be affected will be:   — Unjustified geo-blocking — Copyright law — Audio-visual media services (AVMS) — Internet broadcasting — Free flow of data / Cloud Services — VAT regulation for online trade — Platform liability — Electronic Communications Code —

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Photo of Falk SchoeningPhoto of Alastair ShawPhoto of Christian Ritz, LL.M. (USYD)Photo of Alberto BellanPhoto of Dina Jubrail

Webinar Recording: Digital Single Market 2018 – It is becoming real!

On Tuesday 14 November the Hogan Lovells DSM Taskforce (our dedicated pan-EU team of lawyers tracking the Commission’s DSM strategy) had its annual live meeting in Brussels to discuss the progress of the implementation of the DSM strategy and key forthcoming developments. The team held a webinar on the status of the strategy and what to expect in 2018 in the areas of platforms, e-commerce, the draft AVMS Directive, the copyright reforms, privacy and telecoms. If you missed it you can read the highlights below or watch the recorded webinar

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Photo of Christelle Coslin

DSM Watch: European Commission working document identifies characteristics of online platforms

On 25 May 2016, the European Commission published a “Commission Staff Working Document” together with its “Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market: Opportunities and Challenges for Europe ” (see here our previous post on this Communication). The starting point of the Staff Working Document is that online platforms cover a wide range of activities, but share several common features: (i)         the capacity to facilitate and extract value from direct interactions or transactions between users; (ii)        the ability to collect, use and process personal and non-personal

Posted in Internet Photo of Christine GateauPhoto of Pauline Faron

French “platform” regime: The saga continues after the adoption by the French Senate of the Digital Bill

On 3 May 2016, the French Senate adopted a new version of the French Digital Bill.  Below is what you should know about it, bearing in mind that this saga is not over yet as the Bill will now have to be reviewed by a Joint Committee composed of Senators and Deputies, in the next coming weeks. The definition of operators of online platforms overall remains the same.  The Senate merely reiterated that the purpose of this provision is not to create a third category of intermediaries but to suggest

Posted in e-commerce, Internet Photo of Christine GateauPhoto of Winston MaxwellPhoto of Pauline Faron

French Digital Bill: what obligations are imposed on platforms?

In our previous update, which can be found here, on the French bill “for a Digital Republic” (“Digital Bill”), we discussed the vague notion of platforms. Here is what you should know about the obligations which are likely to be imposed on platforms. Loyalty obligation First of all, the Digital Bill only provides a duty of loyalty and transparency of operators of online platform towards consumers. The Digital Bill proposes to impose on all operators of online platforms a general duty to deliver “loyal, clear and transparent information on the

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French Digital Bill: To be or not to be a platform?

After several months of public consultations, several versions of intermediate texts, the long-awaited bill “for a Digital Republic” (“Digital Bill”) was finally transmitted to the Council of Ministers last 9 December 2015 and officially presented to the French National Assembly. An amended version of the Digital Bill was then adopted by the National Assembly in first reading on 26 January 2016 and subsequently transmitted to the French Senate where it should be reviewed in the course of Spring 2016. Since the beginning of the discussions around the Digital Bill, one

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Part 1 – French Digital Council Releases Its “Digital Ambition” Report

On 18 June 2015, the “Digital Ambition” Report “for a French and European digital transition policy” (“the Report”) was submitted to the French Prime Minister by the French Digital Council (Conseil National du Numérique). As reported last October 2014, this Report is the result of a five-month (October 2014 – February 2015) national consultation launched by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, along with State Secretary for digital economy Axelle Lemaire. Overall, 17,678 contributions were received from 2,300 contributors. On the basis of these contributions, the French Digital Council drafted its Report