Geo-blocking is a discriminatory practice that is wide-spread in EU. It prevents online customers from accessing and purchasing products or services from a website based in another member state
At this event we will discuss the economic impact of geo-blocking, having as a starting point the Commission’s regulatory proposal for lifting geo-blocking restrictions in physical goods and non-copyrighted services.
Session 1 will focus on whether we should extend the Commission’s proposal to non-audiovisual copyrighted services such as online music and ebooks. Bertin Martens will present his recent research work on the impact of removing geo-blocking restrictions on consumers and producers. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about whether, and under what conditions, we should remove geo-blocking practices from such sectors.
Session 2 will deal with geo-blocking measures in the audiovisual sector. Scott Marcus will present the Bruegel study on extending the scope of geo-blocking prohibition in the industry while experts will comment on the associated arguments that go for or against such an extension.
This event will be livestreamed on this page. There is no need to register for the livestream.
Check-in with coffee
Session 1: Geo-blocking in physical goods and non-audiovisual services
Bertin Martens, Senior economist and team leader for the Digital Economy research programme, European Commission, JRC
Session 2: geo-blocking in audiovisual services
J. Scott Marcus, Senior Fellow
Head of Public Policy Europe, Spotify
EIBF co-President, Owner of Paagman bookshops, the Netherlands
Senior economist and team leader for the Digital Economy research programme, European Commission, JRC
Digital Team Leader, BEUC
Head of Unit "E-Commerce and Online Platforms", European Commission, DG CONNECT
Member of the European Parliament
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