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Verfahren : 2015/0284(COD)
Werdegang im Plenum
Entwicklungsstadium in Bezug auf das Dokument : A8-0378/2016

Eingereichte Texte :

A8-0378/2016

Aussprachen :

PV 17/05/2017 - 17
CRE 17/05/2017 - 17

Abstimmungen :

PV 18/05/2017 - 11.7

Angenommene Texte :

P8_TA(2017)0224

Plenardebatten
Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2017 - Straßburg Überprüfte Ausgabe

17. Grenzüberschreitende Portabilität von Online-Inhaltediensten im Binnenmarkt (Aussprache)
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  Julia Reda, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group . – Mr President, Europe is a union, and yet we still have digital borders between Member States today. On this day we are creating a small exception to those borders. People will no longer be blocked from accessing the videos that they have already paid for just because they are visiting another country.

That is good. It is common sense and it is an important step forward, but this has to be the first step of many in the fight against geo-blocking; it cannot be the last. Geo-blocking will remain a widespread problem when this regulation is enacted. According to the Commission, almost 70% of video sites in the EU geo-block. Our own Parliament Research Service has estimated that people are actually willing to pay almost a billion euros extra per year if geo-blocking is abolished altogether. That is income, and that is an audience that we are currently denying our European creators.

Now the film industry has voiced quite a lot of concerns. Some feel that they have come to rely on geo-blocking as the sole means for their business model. Let us work together to find solutions to that, but the solution cannot be to accept virtual borders. The status quo is simply not working for consumers. It is failing at making Europe’s amazing cultural diversity accessible to all Europeans.

Let us be clear: geo-blocking is a form of discrimination. A common European public sphere cannot develop with geo-blocking in place. It locks European audiences out from European works and it locks artists’ international borders. ‘This video is not available in your country’. Let’s put these words where they belong, not on the screens of European internet users, but in the dustbin of history.

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 162(8))

 
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