The European Commission may be poised to “loosen” geo-blocking so that more people within the EU would be able to buy digital content from outside of their home countries, while stiffening up copyright enforcement across the region. That’s according to news site Politico, which has happened across a leaked version of the EC’s digital single market strategy document and its supporting evidence file ahead of their release on 6 May. 

Here’s how it portrays the deal being cut with the EC by the creative industries: “The industries would loosen geo-blocking, meaning they would allow more consumers in other countries to buy products or access apps and websites. In exchange, the Commission would more aggressively enforce copyright.” On the latter front, that could include harmonising rules for the removal of copyright-infringing material online across the EU: “The leaked Evidence file points to one option being something like the unpopular “porn filter” used in the UK. Another option could be forcing internet service providers and platforms such as search engines and social media to do more to remove illegal content.” Expect controversy if and when these moves take place.

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