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EUROPE WILL ABOLISH GEO-BLOCKING AND OTHER COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS



 
 
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Old May 6th 15, 05:25 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Default EUROPE WILL ABOLISH GEO-BLOCKING AND OTHER COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS

The European Commission adopted a new Digital Single Market Strategy today,
which aims to improve consumer access to digital services and goods. Among
other things, Europe vows to end geo-blocking and lift other unwarranted
copyright restrictions. Due to complicated licensing agreements Netflix is
only available in a few dozen countries, all of which have a different
content library.

The same is true for many other media services such as BBC iPlayer, Amazon
Instant Video, and even YouTube. These geo-blocking practices have been a
thorn in the side of the European Commission, who now plan to abolish these
restrictions altogether.

Today the EU's governing body adopted the new Digital Single Market
Strategy. One of the main pillars of the new strategy is to provide
consumers and businesses with better access to digital goods and services.

Among other things the Commission plans "to end unjustified geo-blocking,"
which it describes as "a discriminatory practice used for commercial
reasons."

"I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business
accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe," Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

http://torrentfreak.com/europe-will-...ctions-150506/

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Old May 6th 15, 05:48 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On Wed, 6 May 2015 17:25:30 +0100, "Phi" wrote:

The European Commission adopted a new Digital Single Market Strategy today,
which aims to improve consumer access to digital services and goods. Among
other things, Europe vows to end geo-blocking and lift other unwarranted
copyright restrictions. Due to complicated licensing agreements Netflix is
only available in a few dozen countries, all of which have a different
content library.

The same is true for many other media services such as BBC iPlayer, Amazon
Instant Video, and even YouTube. These geo-blocking practices have been a
thorn in the side of the European Commission, who now plan to abolish these
restrictions altogether.

Today the EU's governing body adopted the new Digital Single Market
Strategy. One of the main pillars of the new strategy is to provide
consumers and businesses with better access to digital goods and services.

Among other things the Commission plans "to end unjustified geo-blocking,"
which it describes as "a discriminatory practice used for commercial
reasons."

"I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business
accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe," Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

http://torrentfreak.com/europe-will-...ctions-150506/


It sounds wonderful, but breaking up the complex web of licensing
restrictions (many of them US-controlled) will have far reaching and
unseen consequences. Be careful what you wish for!
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Old May 6th 15, 06:09 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Indy Jess John
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Default EUROPE WILL ABOLISH GEO-BLOCKING AND OTHER COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS

On 06/05/2015 17:48, lid wrote:
On Wed, 6 May 2015 17:25:30 +0100, wrote:


"I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business
accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe," Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

http://torrentfreak.com/europe-will-...ctions-150506/

It sounds wonderful, but breaking up the complex web of licensing
restrictions (many of them US-controlled) will have far reaching and
unseen consequences. Be careful what you wish for!


Yes. My first thought was that services might be discontinued rather
than have them available to all.

RIP iplayer?

JIm

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Old May 6th 15, 06:51 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Roderick Stewart[_3_]
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Default EUROPE WILL ABOLISH GEO-BLOCKING AND OTHER COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS

On Wed, 06 May 2015 18:09:59 +0100, Indy Jess John
wrote:

On 06/05/2015 17:48, lid wrote:
On Wed, 6 May 2015 17:25:30 +0100, wrote:


"I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business
accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe," Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

http://torrentfreak.com/europe-will-...ctions-150506/

It sounds wonderful, but breaking up the complex web of licensing
restrictions (many of them US-controlled) will have far reaching and
unseen consequences. Be careful what you wish for!


Yes. My first thought was that services might be discontinued rather
than have them available to all.

RIP iplayer?


If enough people want them, they'll reappear somewhere, with or
without the approval of whoever wants to regulate them. Purveyors of
audiovisual entertainment will eventually have to adopt some sort of
business plan that recognises this.

Rod.
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Old May 6th 15, 08:46 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Default EUROPE WILL ABOLISH GEO-BLOCKING AND OTHER COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS

So companies will simply move out of the area and continue doing what they
like surely?
Brian

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"Phi" wrote in message
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The European Commission adopted a new Digital Single Market Strategy
today, which aims to improve consumer access to digital services and
goods. Among other things, Europe vows to end geo-blocking and lift other
unwarranted copyright restrictions. Due to complicated licensing
agreements Netflix is only available in a few dozen countries, all of
which have a different content library.

The same is true for many other media services such as BBC iPlayer, Amazon
Instant Video, and even YouTube. These geo-blocking practices have been a
thorn in the side of the European Commission, who now plan to abolish
these restrictions altogether.

Today the EU's governing body adopted the new Digital Single Market
Strategy. One of the main pillars of the new strategy is to provide
consumers and businesses with better access to digital goods and services.

Among other things the Commission plans "to end unjustified geo-blocking,"
which it describes as "a discriminatory practice used for commercial
reasons."

"I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business
accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe," Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

http://torrentfreak.com/europe-will-...ctions-150506/



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Old May 6th 15, 08:49 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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"Indy Jess John" wrote in message
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On 06/05/2015 17:48, lid wrote:
On Wed, 6 May 2015 17:25:30 +0100, wrote:


"I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business
accessing the widest market - wherever they are in Europe," Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

http://torrentfreak.com/europe-will-...ctions-150506/

It sounds wonderful, but breaking up the complex web of licensing
restrictions (many of them US-controlled) will have far reaching and
unseen consequences. Be careful what you wish for!


Yes. My first thought was that services might be discontinued rather than
have them available to all.

RIP iplayer?


There is very little original content on catch-up iPlayer, it seems all the
listings are multple repeats from yesterday or it is not available.
JIm


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Old May 6th 15, 09:06 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Phi wrote:
Among other things the Commission plans "to end unjustified
geo-blocking," which it describes as "a discriminatory practice used
for commercial reasons."


It's another, typical EU dog's breakfast of a "strategy". But then much
of the EU doesn't really believe in free markets.

They don't even have a decent idea of how to deal with BBC programmes
paid for by licence fee payers in the UK which would have to be made
available to everyone in the EU if made available in the UK by iPlayer.
See eg
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05..._saver/?page=2

"But even these facesavers have problems. Incredibly, the DSM doesn't
have a carve out for national PSBs, or public service broadcasters, like
the BBC. To comply with even the "watered down" geoblocking proposal,
the BBC would need to introduce an EU-wide authentication scheme to
implement portability. This means that you'd need to login whenever
iPlayer detected you were accessing the service from a non-UK network,
which would then run your details against the TV Licensing database to
check you'd pay the telly tax back at home. This would be very
expensive, and even more so by the time BBC digital gurus had done their
er, digital magic."


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Old May 7th 15, 08:10 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Default EUROPE WILL ABOLISH GEO-BLOCKING AND OTHER COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS

On 06/05/2015 17:48, lid wrote:

http://torrentfreak.com/europe-will-...ctions-150506/

It sounds wonderful, but breaking up the complex web of licensing
restrictions (many of them US-controlled) will have far reaching and
unseen consequences. Be careful what you wish for!


Oh, there'll be pressure exerted for this not to happen. Just the same
as the abolition of mobile phone roaming charges within the EU, supposed
to have been effective from Dec 15th this year, now 'deferred'.



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Old May 7th 15, 12:29 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On 07/05/2015 11:58, Martin wrote:
UK is not alone in the EU in having a large expatriate population, the Dutch
have 500,000 expatriates, the French have a large number too and of course there
are all the East European immigrants living in UK. All want to watch TV from
their country of origin.


Whether an ex pat has the right to access and consume all or some of
their 'home' country's services, might be a point of discussion ?

Some might say, if you've decided to live in another state, you
relinquish everything that it has to offer ?

I used to work for a large electronics company, and received a
significant discount on its consumer products. I've left it now, so
no more discount for me.




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Old May 7th 15, 01:19 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Martin wrote:
It is just applying the same rules to TV that have always applied to
radio.


What rules would those be please?
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