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EU's New Digital Single Market...Isn't

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - It is one of life's little ironies that the market where geography plays a diminished role – the online sector – is also one where national boundaries are still a huge problem, particularly when it comes to material under copyright, which is often "unavailable in your country" – a ridiculous situation. That's also the case for the European Union, one of whose core features is the single marketplace. That may be true for analogue goods, but it certainly isn't for digital ones.

Last week, the European Commission launched its "Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe":

A Digital Single Market is one in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured and where individuals and businesses can seamlessly access and exercise online activities under conditions of fair competition, and a high level of consumer and personal data protection, irrespective of their nationality or place of residence. Achieving a Digital Single Market will ensure that Europe maintains its position as a world leader in the digital economy, helping European companies to grow globally.

The main document is relatively short (20 pages), and well written, so it's worth reading through all of it. What follows are some of the key points likely to be of interest to readers of this blog.

The strategy is built on three "pillars":