In recent years, EU and national regulators have put forward different initiatives specifically targeting online platforms. Most of these initiatives try to ensure that platforms are:
- more active in fighting illegal content; and
- more transparent and fair towards consumers and businesses offering products and services.
Cullen International's European Digital Economy service covers national initiatives of this kind in nine EU countries.
This is the third of three benchmarks we are releasing on national developments affecting platforms in Europe. Over three weeks, we are sharing with you one benchmark per week.
Challenge 3: Content recognition technologies
EU institutions are currently debating whether certain platforms such as video-sharing should take measures, such as content recognition (i.e. filtering) technologies, to prevent the availability of copyright-infringing content.
This benchmark summarises recent national court decisions on whether platforms should implement content recognition technologies or not.
Our research shows that:
- Spanish and French courts are reluctant to impose on platforms benefiting from the liability exemption in the e-Commerce Directive (eCD) an obligation to apply filtering technologies; and
- according to the most recent decisions by Italian and German courts, even if platforms benefit from the liability exemption in the eCD, they can be obliged to apply filtering technologies.
25 June 18
New research on initiatives to tackle illicit streaming devices in the Americas
Cullen International's latest research shows that preloaded streaming boxes have been banned in some Americas countries.
12 June 18
The future postal regulatory framework needs to reflect changing user needs and industry innovations
There is no clear consensus on the shape of the future regulatory regime for the postal and delivery market. In particular, the diversity in user needs forces policy makers and market players to consider a range of difficult issues. Many of these topics were discussed at the 26th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics which took place at the beginning of June in Croatia.
31 May 18
New benchmark on telecoms operators' strategies into media content
Our new benchmark analyses the content strategies of the main electronic communications operators in key EU markets and examines the extent to which these operators have decided to invest in the content media value chain.