EU Proposes Digital Media Plan

Seeks unified regulatory guidelines, single European market
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2008 12:46 PM CST
EU officials hope to make the European media market more competitive by ironing out regulatory kinks.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The European Commission wants to create a unified European online market for music, films and games. Goal is to streamline the patchwork of regulations across member nations, to make multi-territory copyright licenses easier, and to combat illegal downloads it says are discouraging content providers from  offering their products on the internet.  The effort will begin with non-binding policy recommendations by mid-2008, Reuters reports.

Some analysts say the non-binding measures—a code of conduct for internet providers, rights holders and consumers, as opposed to real legislation—might be too slow to address obstacles: "It means you are not going to see any really meaningful changes for consumers for at least a couple of years," predicts one.