October 18, 2017
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Counsel Paolisa Nebbia (Rome/Milan/Brussels-Antitrust) discusses in The In-House Lawyer how legislative initiative and enforcement action by the European Commission, aimed to widen online access to content “anywhere” within the EU, may only partially level the conditions for consumer access, opening different opportunities for, or imposing different obligations on, the market players depending on the technology and the service. Touching upon the recently adopted Portability Regulation and current proposal for a Copyright Regulation as well as the pay-TV case, Paolisa notes the interaction generates great complexity for licensing parties, which will only ease with the adoption of a final decision in the case. Licensing practices in the EU are likely to change dramatically in the next few years.