In the European Union (EU), online barriers prohibit EU citizens from receiving goods and services that are commonplace to U.S. citizens. When I travel to Miami, for instance, I am able to use my Netflix streaming subscription to catch up on my favorite shows. The same cannot be said for a citizen from the UK who travels to Spain; due to European copyright laws, Netflix is required to negotiate rights for its shows on a country-by-country basis.
On Wednesday, May 6, the European Commission (EC) unveiled its strategy to break down these barriers by creating a European “Digital Single Market” (DSM). To find out more about the EC’s proposal and what the measures mean for the EU media industries, please see our Client Alert.