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Europeans will travel and enjoy online content services across borders

Digital Single Market

On 7 February, a first agreement related to the modernisation on EU copyright rules as proposed by the Commission in the Digital Single Market strategy has been achieved.

What are the objective of the copyright proposal?

  • More cross-border access to content online;
  • Wider opportunities to use copyrighted materials in education, research and cultural heritage;
  • A better functioning copyright marketplace.


The Council of the EU and the European Parliament will confirm the agreed text in the following weeks.  Once adopted, the rules will become applicable in all EU Member States by beginning of 2018 allowing consumers to access their online content services when they travel in the EU the same way they access them at home.

Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "Digital technologies provide new opportunities to enjoy cultural content on the go, and people are eager to use them. Today's agreement opens new doors to citizens while at the same time protecting creators and those investing in the production of cultural or sport content. This balanced solution is an encouraging sign for our efforts to build a Digital Single Market that offers new opportunities for both creators and consumers."

The possibility to have access to online content services when travelling will be even more important from 15 June 2017 when the new roaming rules enter into force.

If you are interested in this topic and you want to learn more about European policies in this field, don't miss Consumer Champion Digital Services E-learning course and Online Programme.




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