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The EU Portability Regulation: one small step for cross-border access, one giant leap for Commission copyright policy?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ben FarrandORCiD



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This article seeks to demonstrate that the newly proposed Portability Regulation, intended to permit access to online works legally available in one Member State when the user travels to another Member State, represents a cautious first step towards significant copyright reform in the EU. While there are some ambiguities in the proposal that require scrutiny, the Commission has nevertheless made its first concrete step towards addressing issues of territoriality in copyright law.

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Author(s): Farrand B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Intellectual Property Review

Year: 2016

Volume: 38

Issue: 6

Pages: 321-325

Print publication date: 01/05/2016

Online publication date: 01/05/2016

Acceptance date: 23/02/2016

Date deposited: 06/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0142-0461

Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd