Geo-Blocking

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EU Retail News - July 2016

BREXIT – THE NEXT STEPS - Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past –...more

New Rules (and Prohibitions) to Promote E-Commerce in Europe

Anyone who has gone through the experience of purchasing a product or a service online in Europe has gone through at least one of these experiences, or all of them: a message informs you that a product or service is not...more

European Commission moves to restrict geoblocking

On 25 May 2016 the European Commission published draft legislation aimed at restricting the use of geoblocking and similar practices by websites selling to into the European Union. The European Commission has published a...more

New EU e-Commerce rules are set to facilitate online buying and selling in the single market

On 25 May 2016, and following an in-depth sector inquiry and consultation period, the European Commission (“EC”) published proposals for a set of new e-Commerce rules. The EC believes that this three-pronged strategy will...more

Alert: European Commission Announces Initiative Package

As noted in earlier alerts from May and October, the European Commission is in the process of implementing a wide-ranging strategy to create a genuine 'Digital Single Market' across the EU. Essentially, the Commission's...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

European Court of Justice to Rule on Legality of Online Sales Bans

An appeal court in Frankfurt has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify the application of the competition rules to online sales. The Frankfurt court made its request in the context of a dispute between a leader in...more

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries?

On 22 April 2016, the European Commission (“EC”) invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited (“Paramount”) in response to concerns raised by the EC. The EC’s concerns were...more

Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Geo-Blocking Inquiry Findings

The European Commission (the executive of the EU) recently published the initial findings of its e-commerce inquiry, an investigative process conducted to determine whether and to what extent competition is being restricted...more

EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking

On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a widespread use of geo-blocking throughout retailers in the EU. The findings reaffirm the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – April 2016

European Union: EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking - On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a...more

EU Commission Releases First Findings on Geo-Blocking in E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published its initial findings on geo-blocking in the framework of its ongoing antitrust sector inquiry into e-commerce. The findings are based on responses to questionnaires...more

European Commission's initial findings on geo-blocking practices in EU e-commerce

On 18 March 2016, the European Commission (Commission) released the initial findings of both its e-commerce Sector Inquiry (by DG Competition) and its consultation on geo-blocking and its effect on the e-commerce market...more

Leading US Film Studios Defend “Geo-Blocking” of Content, in Response to Investigation by the European Commission

Six major US film studios, namely Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros., as well as several large European broadcasters, appeared on 18th January before...more

FCC Issues NAL in First Contested Enforcement Proceeding Involving Wi-Fi Blocking

Wi-Fi management or blocking practices have once again seized the enforcement spotlight at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). On November 2, the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability (Dean NAL) proposing a...more

The European digital single market: where are we now?

It has been a busy few months for the European Commission. When the Commission announced its plans for the digital single market (DSM) on 6 May, many commentators and stakeholders felt that it provided more questions than...more

Alert: European Commission Extends Digital Single Market Strategy with Further Consultations

The European Commission's Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy is a wide-ranging initiative aimed at creating better access for consumers and businesses to digital services across Europe (for more details see this Cooley...more

Upcoming EU Copyright Reform

It does not happen often to see European Institutions agreeing on a common strategy. Yet, the strong political will around the need to create a single market for digital content moved this item to the top of the agenda of the...more

Commission sends Statement of Objections to BSkyB and film studios

On 23 July 2015, the European Commission (the "Commission") sent a Statement of Objections to BSkyB and six major studios: Disney, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros (the "Film...more

The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and its impact on your business

The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more

Sports Media Rights and the Digital Single Market…is your business ready?

On 6 May 2015 the European Commission (the "Commission") published its strategy for a 'Digital Single Market' for Europe. The Commission's communication outlines its grand vision for a Europe in which 'the free movement of...more

European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released...more

"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter...more

EU Investigating Geo-Blocking of Online Video Games

On May 6, 2015, the European Competition Commission released a new Digital Single Market Plan, and simultaneously launched a broad antitrust investigation into e-commerce. The DSM plan, consisting of sixteen proposals, seeks...more

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