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Geoblocking: Commercial reality or consumer straitjacket?

April 15, 2015 - ICT

This video provides an overview of key dividing lines in the debate on the controversial issue of geoblocking.

The European Commission has renewed its firm intention to end geoblocking, the practice of denying access to websites, content or online services based on the geographic location of the user. According to some, this is a breach of the European Internal Market as it prevents customers from purchasing across borders. However, segmenting the European market like this enables content to be tailored to different audiences.

The Commission promised to present its Digital Single Market proposals by this Autumn, but can there ever be a true EU digital market for creative works?

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