A public consultation on ways to stimulate the growth of a true EU single market for online digital content, such as films, music and games, was launched by the European Commission today. The Commission intends to encourage the development of innovative business models and to promote the cross-border delivery of diverse online content services. It is also keen to ascertain how European technologies and devices can be successful in the creative online content markets. Input to this consultation will help shape a Commission Communication on Content Online, due to be adopted at the end of the year. The deadline for replies is 13 October 2006.
“Supplying content on line, such as films, music and games, not only helps to make Europe’s culture more accessible, but will also be a tremendous opportunity for Europe’s content industry to expand its own markets”, noted Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding. “Easy access to, and secure distribution of, online content is a crucial challenge. I expect input to today’s consultation to identify clearly any remaining obstacles to a competitive, pan-European online content industry which the EU needs to tackle. Only a cross-border market for online content, in which authors, artists and creators are able to reap a fair reward for their talent and skills, will enable Europe’s content sector to compete with other continents.”
The public consultation “Content Online in Europe’s Single Market” launched by the Commission today intends to pave the way for a true European single market for online content delivery. Online content can play a crucial role for the growth of Europe’s sector for information and communication technologies (ICT) and media. Western European online content-sharing frameworks and markets are expected to triple by 2008 (with the user/creator part growing tenfold). These developments are expected to multiply across the sector, already accounting for 8% of EU GDP today.