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EC says geoblocking may violate competition law

Thursday 15 September 2016 | 13:15 CET | News
Geo-blocking digital content according to the country of consumption may violate EU antitrust rules, if this is the result of agreements between suppliers and distributors, the European Commission said. While such violations would have to be assessed on a case-by-case by the Comission's competition department, the EC has been looking at ways it can legislate against geoblocking. It has just published the preliminary results of its report on the e-commerce sector, aimed at reducing barriers to online, cross-border trade in the EU. These will be open to public comment for two months, before the

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