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Have your say on cross-border portability

techUK is gathering tech industry views and input on cross-border portability - have your say on this important European proposal.

Over the next month, techUK is compiling a detailed position of the UK tech industry on cross-border portability, a key proposal in the European Digital Single Market package. Cross-border portability is a proposal that would allow UK consumers to access their content and services in another EU member state. techUK has received highest level requests from UK Government to input to the UK Government position on cross-border portability. 

Building on previous positions outlined by techUK, the UK IP Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe and John Alty, CEO of the Intellectual Property Office, have both indicated that further input from industry is welcome.

techUK is currently particularly seeking member input on the following areas:

  • User authentication (including geo-location tools and ID verification) including potential issues arising through use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Flexibility on exceptions for businesses, and principles that should underpin a regulatory regime which facilitates rather than mandates a functioning cross-border portability environment (e.g. benefits of a tiered or market-based subscription pricing model)
  • Implications of technological neutrality principles on emerging proposals
  • Potential costs for business
  • A limited country-of-origin approach
  • Time-limitations of cross-border portability
  • Impact of varying quality of service across the EU
  • Ensuring any regime does not become 'Cross-border licensing via the backdoor'

If you are techUK member and would like to inform techUK's position please get in touch with Laura Weidinger by Wednesday 5 August 2015.

Policy proposals on cross-border portablity of licenses to copyrighted content are part of the European Commission's 16 proposals for a Digital Single Market


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