Online Distribution of Content in the EU
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Online Distribution of Content in the EU

Edited by Taina Pihlajarinne, Juha Vesala and Olli Honkkila

The legal issues surrounding the online distribution of content have recently gained prominence due to the European Commission’s commitment to the Digital Single Market (DSM). This book is one of the first to provide highly topical analysis of the key legal challenges surrounding the online distribution of content, with particular focus on intellectual property rights, competition law and the regulation of new technologies.
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Chapter 12: Allowing online content to cross borders: is Europe really paving the way for a Digital Single Market?

Giuseppe Mazziotti


In the context of its Digital Single Market strategy, the removal of territorial barriers in content distribution has become a priority for the European Union. Smooth access to high-quality and customized content offerings is regarded as a pre-condition for the development of well-functioning markets for creative works and the re-affirmation of the function of intellectual property in the online environment. Access to copyright works on a multi-territorial basis in Europe would entail both regulatory changes and economic incentives to be given to content creators and suppliers of online services who still find it more convenient to partition markets along national borders.

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