European Commission launches proposals for new regulatory framework for audiovisual media services

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This article was produced by Olswang LLP, which joined with CMS on 1 May 2017.

The AVMS proposals are part of the announcement of the next major wave of "Digital Single Market" initiatives. Also announced today were legislative proposals on cross-border parcel delivery, consumer protection co-operation among regulators and geo-blocking – the latter does not apply to geo-blocking of audiovisual services or (at least for the time being) of other electronically supplied services "the main feature of which is the provision of access to and use of copyright protected works or other protected subject matter services".

In addition to the legislative proposals, there are two non-legislative papers. The first concerns "online platforms" and discusses issues such as notice-and-action and the need for a level playing field for comparable digital services, but without proposing any immediate actions; the second is revised guidance on unfair commercial practices, seeking to ensure uniform practical application of EU rules in that area.

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