Research Handbook on Copyright Law
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Research Handbook on Copyright Law

Second Edition

Edited by Paul Torremans

This second edition is a timely presentation of the state-of-the-art in copyright research. Copyright law is currently at the centre of many debates and the subject of substantive new developments. The new edition of the Research Handbook captures these fast moving developments and goes far beyond a mere update of the chapters. All of the topical chapters are completely new and the authors have been chosen for their expertise and excellence in the areas concerned. Research Handbook on Copyright Law offers global coverage, both in terms of substance and in terms of author expertise, and maps both the present and future of the discipline. It will prove an invaluable research tool for all those involved in copyright research who wish to keep up with the pace at which this area of law is evolving.
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Chapter 12: The borderless online user: carving up the market for online and streaming services

Thomas Riis and Jens Schovsbo


Traditionally copyright has been exploited in separate geographical markets. This practice restricts the ability of users to access online services on their electronic devices wherever they are in Europe and regardless of borders, viz. so called ‘portability’. This chapter describes the complex legal background in EU law to limitations on portability in copyright, user and producer contracts and technological protection measures. Recently, specific EU legislation has been proposed (the Portability Regulation and the Geo-Blocking Regulation) with an aim of amending the current legal regime. It is argued, however, that existing EU rules and principles, in particular the rules of competition law, may deal with the challenges of the existing restrictions on the cross-border access to online services to such an extent that those challenges in themselves do not necessitate any change of legislation. Keywords: copyright, online user, portability, territorial restraints, competition law, EU

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