‘Lifting geo-blocking in EU holds no delivery obligation for sellers in’

Jan

30

2016

Andrus Ansip, the European commissioner for the digital single market, says that plans to raise geo-blocking throughout the EU does not mean that suppliers of physical goods are obliged to provide. Also, it is not the intention to raise prices equal.

Ansip spoke to Tweakers the occasion of a geo-blocking concert in Amsterdam. This took place under the Dutch Presidency of the EU. Previously made ​​the EU already announced plans that should make it possible to include online subscription services to continue to travel use. At present, virtually impossible, since there is by geo-blocking discrimination based on location. Eliminating this practice should, however, also applied when it comes to physical goods, said Ansip. The plans, however, no arrangements provided that the supplier is required to deliver the order as well.

There is, according to Ansip no ready-made solution to the situation, for example, a French order a product in Sweden. The seller would then not be obliged to make the product delivered entirely in France. Whether this is then dissolved by a third party or by means of collection points, is not yet entirely clear. “The plans keep only a sell like at home -liabilities in, so vendors also have to sell to people in other countries,” said Ansip. “This should be done or under the rules of the Member State where the seller is located.”

The lifting of geo-blocking of copyrighted content is also an issue in the regulations. Ansip indicates that there was no decision yet whether this will be addressed in the legislation. So far it looks like that this will only apply to physical goods and online subscription services. The Commissioner indicated that the availability of copyrighted content such as movies and music, will remain dependent on licenses. The dividing line would be determined by the fact whether there is a subscription, since thereby the user can be identified. The new regime of copyright for June on the schedule.

For Ansip piracy is the result of a lack of legal options to get content. He has himself suffered when he was looking for a way to watch the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ on the occasion of the opening of the London Olympics. “I was ten pages deep in Google, and it failed to find a legal source,” he says. Later he adds, “I think if people are willing to pay for a VPN to view content that they also will pay for legal music and movies.”

The solution of geo-blocking problem also raises other problems, including the cost of delivering packages. The prices for these services vary widely within the EU. As Netherlands is the cheapest country in terms of the price of parcel delivery, but in other countries there were people sometimes pay for it tenfold. However, the regulation of package delivery services would not be on the agenda of the EU, there would be only more transparency is needed.

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