As many of you know, the i2Coalition put significant resources into responding to an European Commission study as part of its Digital Agenda for Europe. The study focused on issues related to the regulatory environment for various issues important to Internet infrastructure providers We encouraged our own EU-based members’ participation in the European Commission’s extensive survey on the Digital Single Market (DSM) as well. i2Coalition and its members are particularly interested in issues that affect intermediary liability. i2Coalition’s goal is to ensure that the voice of the Internet infrastructure provider is heard as the EC charts its course towards a Digital Single Market.
Some interesting takeaways:
- There was no consensus on whether the e-commerce directive adequately addressed intermediary liability.
- Predictably, there was a split between content creators and intermediaries about copyright infringement remedies. Interestingly, the summary indicates that law enforcement favors notice and stay down.
- Transparency in contract terms was an oft repeated issue identified by respondents – other than businesses – as a major issue in many areas.
- We will continue to follow this study, and other related issues as part of our continued work on EU policy issues.
Here is a link to the preliminary results. The Commission also released this statement with the survey’s results:
“The Commission is carrying out an in-depth analysis of the replies to the public consultation. The Commission has also launched 3 external studies supporting part of the analysis of the replies. A full report will be published online in the spring of 2016.”
We will continue to monitor the development of the EU Digital Single Market as it matures.