you're reading...
Economic and Social Policies, Institutional and Legal Affairs, PUBLICATIONS, Structural and Cohesion Policies

Cross-border portability of online content services [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Tambiama Madiega (1st edition),

Multimedia Internet Laptop

© Nmedia / Fotolia

The provision of copyright-protected online content services is still largely characterised by territorial and exclusive licensing practices which result in a lack of cross-border portability in the EU. To remedy this, the Commission proposed a regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services.

According to the proposed regulation the provision of online content services would be deemed to take place only in the country in which the subscriber is a permanent resident. This would require online content service providers to offer cross-border portability to their customers when they are temporarily present in other Member States, and would make unenforceable all contrary contractual restrictions in the licences between rights-holders and service providers.

Stakeholders and commentators have generally welcomed the proposed regulation but some concerns have been raised with regard to elements of the current wording which leaves too much room for interpretation.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market
Committee responsible:


Internal Market and Consumer Protection (subject to confirmation)

Marco Zullo (EFDD, Italy)

COM(2015) 627 of 09.12.2015

procedure ref.: 2015/0284(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: initial discussions in committee

Stage: Commission proposal


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

EU’s refugee crisis
EU Legislation in Progress
Topical Digests
EPRS Podcasts

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,026 other followers

RSS Link to Members’ Research Service

Disclaimer and Copyright statement

The content of all documents (and articles) contained in this blog is the sole responsibility of the author and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Parliament. It is addressed to the Members and staff of the EP for their parliamentary work. Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy. Copyright © European Union, 2014. All rights reserved

%d bloggers like this: