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2017/06/30
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CORRIGENDUM to Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market ( OJ L 168, 30.6.2017 ).

NB : the corrections concern the dates and time limits originally laid down in respect of: (i) the application to existing contracts and rights acquired before the date of application of the Regulation; (ii) the review of the Regulation by the Commission; (iii) the date of application of the Regulation.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.

PURPOSE: to allow consumers who paid for online content services in their home country to access them when visiting another country within the EU.

CONTENT: the Regulation establishes a common EU approach to allow subscribers to access online content (such as films, sporting broadcasts, music, e-books or games) for which they have paid in their Member State of residence, when subscribers temporarily visit another Member State when on holidays, business trips or limited student stays.

Providers of all online content services that are provided against the payment of money will not be able to impose any additional charges on the subscriber for access and use of the service in another Member State where the subscriber is temporarily present. They may not take any action to reduce the quality of delivery of the online content service when providing the online content service.

Verification of the Member State of residence : to avoid abuses, service providers will verify the subscribers' member state of residence. The verifications will be carried out in compliance with EU data protection rules.

The means of verification will be reasonable, proportionate and effective . Unless the subscriber’s Member State of residence can be verified with sufficient certainty on the basis of a single means of verification, providers should rely on two means of verification from the list in the Regulation. These may be:

an identity card; bank account or credit or debit card number; the place of installation of a set top box, a decoder or a similar device used for supply of services; the payment by the subscriber of a licence fee for other services; the billing address or the postal address; an Internet protocol (IP) address check.

If the provider has reasonable doubts about the subscriber’s Member State of residence, he may repeat the verification of the Member State of residence of the subscriber. The provider will be authorised to cease the access to the online service when the subscriber cannot prove his/her member state of residence.

Copyright holders will have the possibility of authorising the use of their content without the obligation to verify the subscriber's residence. In such cases, the contract between the provider and the subscriber for the provision of an online content service should be used to determine the latter’s Member State of residence.

Online content services provided without payment of money : free to air services, such as those provided by certain public broadcasters, will have the option of benefiting from the regulation provided that they verify the country of residence of their subscribers. The provider shall inform its subscribers of its decision to provide the online content service, prior to providing that service.

Application to existing contracts : this Regulation shall apply also to contracts concluded and rights acquired before the date of its application . By 2 June 2018, the provider of an online content service provided against payment of money shall verify the Member State of residence of those subscribers who concluded contracts for the provision of the online content service before that date.

Review : by 2 April 2021, and as required thereafter, the Commission shall assess the application of the Regulation in the light of legal, technological and economic developments, and submit to the European Parliament and to the Council a report thereon.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 20.7.2017.

APPLICATION: from 1.4.2018.

2017/06/14
   CSL - Draft final act
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2017/06/14
   CSL - Final act signed
2017/06/14
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/06/08
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2017/06/08
   CSL - Council Meeting
2017/05/18
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/05/18
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
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The European Parliament adopted by 586 votes to 34, with 8 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Subject matter and scope : Members stipulated that this Regulation shall introduce a common approach in the Union to the cross-border portability of online content services, by ensuring that subscribers to portable online content services which are lawfully provided in their Member State of residence can access and use those services when temporarily present in a Member State other than their Member State of residence . Such access and use shall be subject to effective prior verification of the subscriber’s Member State of residence.

Providers of online content services should not subject their subscribers to any additional charges for the provision of cross-border portability of online content services and its use in another Member State where he is temporarily present. They should not take any measures to reduce the quality of service provided.

The provider of an online content service provided without payment of money may decide to enable its subscribers who are temporarily present in a Member State to access and use the online content service on the condition that the provider verifies the subscriber’s Member State of residence.

Verification of the Member State of residence : the provider shall verify the Member State of residence of the subscriber by using not more than two of the following means of verification and shall ensure that the means used are reasonable, proportionate and effective:

an identity card, electronic means of identification; payment details; the place of installation of a set top box; an internet or telephone service supply contract; a utility bill; the billing address or the postal address of the subscriber; an internet protocol (IP) address check.

If the provider has reasonable doubts about the subscriber's Member State of residence, the provider may repeat the verification of the Member State of residence of the subscriber.

If the subscriber fails to provide that information, and as a result the provider is unable to verify the subscriber’s Member State of residence, the provider shall not, on the basis of this Regulation, enable the subscriber to access or use the online content service when the subscriber is temporarily present in a Member State.

The holders of copyright or related rights or those holding any other rights in the content of an online content service may authorise the provision of, access to and use of their content under this Regulation without the verification of the Member State of residence. In such cases, the contract between the provider and the subscriber for the provision of an online content service shall be sufficient to determine the subscriber's Member State of residence.

Contractual provisions : any contractual provisions, including those between providers of online content services and holders of copyright or related rights or those holding any other rights in the content of online content services, as well as those between such providers and their subscribers, which are contrary to this Regulation, including those which prohibit cross-border portability of online content services or limit such portability to a specific time period , shall be unenforceable.

Moreover, the providers and holders of rights relevant for the provision of online content services should not be allowed to circumvent the application of this Regulation by choosing the law of a third country as the law applicable to contracts between them.

Protection of data : the use of the means of verification of the subscriber’s Member State of residence and any processing of personal data under this Regulation, shall be limited to what is necessary and proportionate in order to achieve its purpose . Data collected for the purpose of verifying the subscriber's Member State of residence shall be immediately and irreversibly destroyed on the completion of each verification.

Application of the Regulation : Members proposed a period of nine months for the application of the Regulation.

Three years after the entry into force of this Regulation, and at three-yearly intervals thereafter, the Commission shall assess its application and submit to the European Parliament and to the Council a report thereon.

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2017/05/17
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/03/23
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
2017/02/20
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2017/02/20
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/12/09
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
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The Committee on Legal Affairs adopted the report by Jean-Marie CAVADA (ADLE, FR) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.

The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection as well as the Committee on Culture and Education, exercising their prerogatives as associated committees in accordance with Article 54 of the Rules of Procedure, also gave their opinions on the report.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Objective and scope : Members stipulated that the Regulation introduces a common approach in the Union to ensuring that subscribers to legally acquired online content services in their Member State of residence can access and use those services without any additional charges, while temporarily present (for leisure, business or study purposes) in a Member State other than the Member State of residence. Such access and use shall be subject to effective prior verification of the subscriber’s Member State of residence.

Online content service providers may be included in the scope of the regulation on condition that they take all necessary measures to permit verification of the Member State of residence of their users.

Obligation to enable cross-border portability of online content services : the provider of an online content service shall:

have the possibility for a service provider to enable a subscriber also to access and use the content licensed to the service provider for the Member State in which the subscriber is temporarily present; ensure that the quality provided is not below the standard of that provided in the Member State where the subscriber is temporarily present; inform the subscriber of potential variations in the quality of delivery of the online content service; ensure that the portability of its services is available on the same range and number of devices as is the case in the Member State of residence of the subscriber.

Contractual clauses designed to prohibit or limit the cross-border portability of online content services and limiting the portability to a specific time period shall be unenforceable under this Regulation.

Verification of the Member State of residence : Members proposed that the criteria for verification of the Member State of residence of the subscriber should be indicated in a semi-open list. Thus, online content service providers shall use a combination of two of the means of verification (or even just one of the means) among which: an identity card, electronic means of identification, bank details, an internet or telephone service supply contract, the payment of local taxes, a public utility bill of the subscriber confirming the subscriber’s address, random checking of the subscriber’s Internet Protocol (IP) address.

The provider of an online content service shall be entitled to request that a subscriber provides the information needed to verify his or her Member State of residence. If the subscriber fails to provide such information, the provider shall not offer him or her portability of its online content services, until such time as it is able to verify the subscriber’s Member State of residence.

The holders of copyright and related rights or those holding any other rights in the content of an online content service shall be informed of the verification process used by a service provider to verify its subscribers’ Member State of residence.

Contractual provisions : providers of online content services and holders of rights relevant for the provision of those services should not be allowed to circumvent the application of this Regulation by choosing the law of a third country to be the law which is to apply to contracts between them or to contracts between providers and subscriber.

It is also stated that providers of online content services shall ensure that any processing of personal data under this Regulation is necessary and proportionate in order to achieve the relevant purpose.

Application of the Regulation : Members proposed a period of 12 months (instead of 6) for the application of the Regulation.

Three years after the entry into force of this Regulation, and at three-yearly intervals thereafter, the Commission shall assess the application of this Regulation and submit to the European Parliament and to the Council a report thereon.

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2016/11/29
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2016/11/29
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2016/10/03
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2016/09/30
   EP - Committee opinion
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2016/09/28
   EP - Committee opinion
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2016/07/15
   EP - Committee opinion
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2016/06/21
   EP - Committee draft report
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2016/06/06
   IT_CHAMBER - Contribution
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2016/04/28
   EP - Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
2016/04/27
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
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2016/04/27
   DE_BUNDESRAT - Contribution
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2016/04/26
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
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2016/04/08
   CofR - Committee of the Regions: opinion
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2016/03/14
   EP - CAVADA Jean-Marie (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2016/03/01
   EP - ZORRINHO Carlos (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2016/02/29
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2016/02/29
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/02/16
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
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2016/02/16
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2016/02/16
   EP - VERHEYEN Sabine (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in CULT
2016/02/02
   EP - ZULLO Marco (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in IMCO
2016/01/21
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2015/12/10
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2015/12/10
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2015/12/09
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to ensure the cross-border portability of online content services.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with Council.

BACKGROUND: the rapid take up of online content services and increasing use of portable devices, including across borders, means that Europeans today expect to use online content services from wherever they are in the Union (cross-border portability). However, when people travel in the EU, they frequently cannot enjoy such cross-border portability or can do so only to a limited extent . The absence of, or problems with, cross border portability of online content services in the EU results from the licensing practices of right holders and/or the commercial practices of service providers.

Cross-border portability concerns online content services to which consumers have lawful access, or content that they purchased or rented online in their country of residence and to which they want to continue to have access when travelling in the EU. Consumer demand for the cross-border portability of online content services is substantial and expected to grow

The Digital Single Market Strategy puts forward a range of initiatives with the objective of creating an internal market for digital content and services. This proposal is among the first of the initiatives under the strategy. The Commission considers that the proposal will have positive effects on competitiveness as it will help innovation in online content services and attract more consumers to them.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the preferred option, in addition to establishing a mechanism ensuring portability: (i) would impose an obligation on providers of online content services to ensure cross-border portability of such services and (ii) would establish that any provisions in contracts limiting cross-border portability would be unenforceable. This option would respond to consumers' expectations and the impact on industry is expected to be marginal because the portability of online content services does not extend the range of users of the service and as such does not challenge the territorial exclusivity of licences

CONTENT: the proposed regulation introduces a common approach to ensuring that subscribers to online content services in the Union, which are delivered on a portable basis, can receive these services when temporarily present in another Member State (cross-border portability).

Definitions : the proposal contains definitions that will need to be interpreted in a uniform manner in the EU:

a "subscriber" is defined as a consumer who, on the basis of a contract for the provision of an online content service, may access and use such service in the Member State of his or her residence; a "consumer" is defined as any natural person who, in contracts covered by the regulation, is acting for purposes which are outside his or her trade, business, craft or profession.

"Online content service" is covered by the proposal when: (i) the service is lawfully provided online in the Member State of residence; (ii) the service is provided on a portable basis; (iii) the service is an audiovisual media service within the meaning of Directive 2010/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council or a service whose main feature is the provision of access to works, other subject matter or transmissions of broadcasting organisations.

Two scenarios are covered as regards online content services: (i) services which are provided for payment of money (directly or indirectly); and (ii) services which are provided without payment of money provided that the subscriber's Member State of residence is verified by the service provider.

if a subscriber receives an online content service without payment of money, the provider will only be obliged to enable the subscriber to enjoy cross-border portability if the provider verifies the subscriber's Member State of residence; if, however, a consumer just accepts the terms and conditions of a free of charge online content service but does not register on a website of such service (and hence the provider does not verify the Member State of residence of such a consumer), the service provider will not be obliged to provide cross-border portability for such service.

Cross-border portability of online content services : the proposal requires the provider to enable a subscriber to use the online content service while the subscriber is temporarily present in another Member State. This applies to the same content, on the same range and number of devices and the same range of functionalities as offered in the Member State of residence.

However, this obligation does not extend to any quality requirements applicable to the delivery of such service when the service is provided in the Member State of residence. Nevertheless, if the provider expressly agrees to guarantee certain quality of delivery to subscribers while temporarily present in other Member States, the provider shall be bound by such agreement. In addition, the draft regulation will oblige the provider to inform the subscriber of the quality of delivery of the online content service when accessed and used in a Member State other than the Member State of residence.

Localisation: the proposal sets out a mechanism establishing the localisation of the service for purposes of portability: the provision as well as the access to and use of the service by a subscriber who is temporarily present in another Member State is deemed to occur solely in the Member State of residence. For the licensing of copyright and related rights, this means that the relevant copyright acts, which occur when the service is provided to consumers on a basis of crossborder portability, are deemed to occur solely in the Member State of residence .

Contractual provisions : the proposal renders unenforceable:

any contractual terms contrary to the cross-border portability obligation, in particular those which limit either consumer's possibilities as to the cross-border portability of his or her online content services or service provider's ability to deliver it; any contractual terms contrary to the legal mechanism which enables service providers to comply with the cross-border portability obligation.

However, right holders may require that the service provider makes use of means in order to verify that the service is provided in conformity with the regulation.

The draft regulation also provides that: (i) the processing of personal data carried out within the framework of the Regulation shall be carried out in compliance with Directive 95/46/EC and Directive 2002/58/EC; (ii) the regulation shall also apply to any contracts concluded and rights acquired before the date of the application of the regulation if they are relevant for the provision of the service, the access to or the use of the service.

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A8-0378/2016 - Jean-Marie Cavada - Am 54 #

2017/05/18 Outcome: +: 586, -: 34, 0: 8
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