The Geo-Blocking Regulation



GESAC's position


With trilogues currently underway, GESAC is keeping an eye on the development of this file. The European Parliament Report suggested extending the Regulation digital services, whose main feature is to give access to copyright protected works. This was suggested despite it being explicitly excluded from the Commission's General Approach. GESAC has openly voiced concern about these recent developments, together with a number of rights holders and online services.


Extending the Regulation to the creative industries’ online services would leave services that distribute creative content less able to tailor terms and offerings to consumers’ needs and means, which vary across the Single Market based on a variety of different factors including cultural differences and purchasing power. The extension of the scope of the Regulation could harm the legitimate interests of consumers, as it would severely disrupt the carefully balanced licensing system of digital content services which often operate on the basis of a combination of national, regional and pan-European licences with rates varying between territories.


  • Read the cross-sectoral letter here



What's happened so far on the EU side



The Commission


On 25 May 2016, the European Commission published its proposal for a Geo-blocking Regulation, as part of its wider Digital Single Market package.


  • Read the proposal and relevant Commission documents here



The European Parliament


In the Parliament, the file was led by MEP Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO)


  • Read the Report here


The following Committees provided an Opinion:





The Council


In November 2016, the Council came to an agreement on a general approach in its Competitiveness Council.


  • Read the text the Council agreed on here