The UK Government is seeking views on the European Commission’s proposal to introduce legislation allowing cross-border portability of digital content services.

At present, if a person is travelling in the EU, they may not be able to access online content services – for instance online film services – which they have paid for in their home country. Legislation on cross-border portability would enable such services to be ‘portable’, allowing EU consumers to continue to access digital subscriptions acquired in their home country while they are temporarily in another EU country.

In December 2015, the European Commission published a draft regulation which would enable digital services to be portable within the EU – see our December blog post here for more details.

The draft regulation is now going through the EU’s legislative process, with the text to be negotiated and agreed by EU Member States and the European Parliament. The UK Government seeks views on the Regulation to inform its approach. Views are sought on the costs and benefits of the proposals and suggestions for improving the language of the text, and in particular, the Government welcomes views from service providers, rights holders organisations and consumers.

Comments are to be sent by 12 February 2016 to: copyrightpolicy@ipo.gov.uk. For information and guidance on how to structure responses, please click here.