Magazine article Screen International

Tallinn: European Film Forum Hears Progress of Digital Single Market

Magazine article Screen International

Tallinn: European Film Forum Hears Progress of Digital Single Market

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Speaking during the second half of the European Film Forum in Tallinn on Monday (Nov 21), Jorgen Gren, advisor to Andrus Ansip, European Commission (EC) Vice President for the Digital Single Market, said the strategy was "right on track."

Gren sketched out the current state of play for the DSM following the previous unveiling of proposals for portability and a package of measures for copyright, including increasing cross-border access to content, stepping up the reduction of piracy, and developing tools for producers to conduct negotiations with platforms.

¨The Vice President [Andrus Ansip] is somebody who likes to go according to plan. The only thing not out yet is the one on data, and that will come out at the beginning of January,¨ Gren explained.

He also pointed out that negotiations on these proposals will now be proceeding with the institutional partners of the European Parliament and Council, with a decision on portability expected early in 2017.

Gren stressed that these proposals for facilitating greater portability did not constitute "a back door to cross-border access or pan-European licenses", as has been feared by many in the European audiovisual sector.

"We believe very, very strongly that consumers really feel the need to have some kind of roaming situation for their content, to find their content and take it with them," he said. …

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