The fight to end geoblocking in the EU has begun.
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The EU is taking action – but they want to exclude online videos from the law against geoblocking.
The European Parliament can make it better. They will vote on whether to include videos in the law on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Support Geoblocking Amendment 281 – to limit geoblocking for videos, too
Contacting your MEP (or their assistants) is easy and takes just 2 minutes. It is their job to represent you, so don't be afraid to tell them that you reject digital borders in Europe and expect them to vote against geoblocking in all cases. You don't need expert knowledge – just be polite. You can mention some of the following arguments:
Linguistic minorities, long-term migrants, exchange students, etc. – 1 in 10 Europeans[ELEN] – are denied access to their culture online.
Many artists' works are denied a Europe-wide audience – and fans ready to pay are turned away.
Language learners, foreign sports league fans etc. are forced to pay VPNs instead of creators, or seek out illegal sources.
The EU is supposed to be a single market. Geoblocking undermines that. The EU must act – like it did on roaming.
Up to 1.6 billion Euros worth of cross-border demand is kept from EU VoD platforms, EU startups and artists.[Plum]
Geoblocking is the most anachronistic, un-European, un-digital practice on the web. This year, we have the chance to end it in the EU – whether we succeed depends on whether people will speak up. supports this campaignJulia Reda, Member of the European Parliament (Pirate Party, Greens/EFA group)
Geoblocking undermines regional minority lanuage usage. ... Usually-connected cross-border regions become digitally disconnected. This is ridiculous! supports this campaignEuropean Language Equality Network
Geoblocking is utterly contrary to the Single Market and the European idea as a whole. supports this campaignAllied for Startups
Access across borders contributes to cultural exchange and learning – it should become standard in the EU. It is especially crucial for students attending mobility programs. supports this campaignEuropean Students' Forum
Geo-blocking is discrimination based on territory. Getting rid of it is key for the creation of a true digital single market and even a European public space! supports this campaignYoung European Federalists
It's time to end geoblocking! We would never accept to show our passport when shopping on a high street ... Unfortunately this happens too often when going online. ... Discriminatory territorial practices should stop. ... This would curb piracy and help all consumers to enjoy Europe's cultural diversity.BEUC The European Consumer Organisation not an endorsement of this campaign
[We need] a targeted competition policy ensuring the prohibition of agreements for licenses which prohibit sales of services outside licensed territories.European Startup Act 2020 by European Young Innovators Forum not an endorsement of this campaign
Deep in my heart, I hate geoblocking. ... To discriminate, using geoblocking, our citizens in the 21st century in the European Union is not acceptable.Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market at the European Commission not an endorsement of this campaign
Geoblocking practices should not prevent cultural minorities living in EU Member States from accessing existing contents or services in their language that are either free or paid for.European Parliament, Reda Report (07/2015) not an endorsement of this campaign
Allow «passive sales» for videos: Services should be allowed to do business with all people who find an offer, no matter where they come from. Licenses should only be able to restrict who they can actively advertise to.
When crossing a border, users must be able to take their subscriptions to online services with them.
No more «this content not available in your country»: End geoblocking! Join the campaign: http://endgeoblocking.eu
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