U targets single market for online content

The European Commission wants to give a boost to Europe’s online content sector. The Commission is encouraging the content industry, telecoms companies and ISPs to work together to make available more content online, while at the same time ensuring a robust protection of intellectual property rights.

The Commission published “Creative Content Online in Europe’s Single Market,” which builds on a consultation process that took place in 2006 and notes four areas of particular interest which merit action at an EU level: the lack of available creative content for online distribution, a lack of multi-territory licensing rights for new platforms, inter-operability of content and the continuing piracy and file-sharing stifling growth.

The Commission is now launching a public consultation through to March, it is designed both to identify current challenges and prompt discussion of forthcoming issues. An EU Recommendation is expected to follow in mid-2008.

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