On Jan. 3, the European Commission decided to give a boost to Europe's online content sector so that EU citizens can enjoy easier and faster access to music, TV programs, films or games via the Internet, mobile phones, or other devices. The Commission is encouraging the content industry, telecom companies and Internet service providers to work closely together to make more content available alone, while ensuring at the same time protection of intellectual property rights. In particular, the Commission wants to facilitate copyright licenses for online content covering several or all EU member states.
The European Commission pinpoints four main issues which they seek to develop further at the EU level, among them Interoperability and transparency of Digital Rights Management systems (DRMs).
The creation of an open and competitive single market for online content is one of the key aims of the EU's i2010 initiative, which was started by the Commission on June 1, 2005. The Commission is launching a public consultation to prepare by mid 2008 an EU Recommendation on Creative Content Online, for adoption by the European Parliament and Council. Stakeholders are invited to comment by Feb. 29.