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EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking

Loek Essers | July 13, 2015
A large majority of the European Parliament took a strong stance against geoblocking of online content in a report calling on the European Commission to reform E.U. copyright laws.

Another proposal, urging the Commission to restrict the right to use pictures of public buildings and sculptures, also didn't get approval.

IT industry group DigitalEurope slammed the report for a lack of ambition. "As the Commission fleshes out its reform plans for copyright in the digital single market, the European Parliament appears to favor 'reform lite'," the group said in a news release.

The tech industry, along with consumer and civil society groups, have long been pushing for the abolition of copyright levies on devices. Those levies are an outdated, inefficient, un-transparent tax on consumers born in the analog age and totally unfit for the digital environment, and the Reda report ignores calls for their abolition, DigitalEurope said.

On Friday, the final version of the report was not yet available but a provisional version that is almost entirely the same as the adopted text can be found on the Parliament's website.

 

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