Take your digital media abroad

Take your digital media abroad

The UK Government wants to know what we think about the European Commission's proposal to let us access the TV, films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books and games we've already paid for when we're travelling elsewhere in the EU. Let's make sure this *very sensible* idea actually happens!

Enough waffle! Take me straight to the action

At the moment, if you travel abroad you often can't access digital media that you've paid for at home. The European Commission is proposing draft legislation that would let people who have paid for digital media in their country of residence watch that media while they're temporarily in another EU country.

In other words, if you purchase or rent TV, films, games, sports broadcasts, music, and e-books at home in the UK, you'd be able to use them while you're abroad elsewhere in the EU. Services like Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Sky Go, BT Sport, and Amazon e-books are likely to be covered and the BBC are looking into how to make iPlayer portable too.

This is a small, but sensible copyright reform that just makes sense.

The UK Government is asking for views on these proposals. If lots of us get in touch to say we support the reforms and give examples of how it affects us it will really strengthen the case for change.

Please use the form on this page to contact the Intellectual Property Office - the part of the UK civil service that deals with copyright. The consultation is open until Friday 12th February 2016.

By the way, this proposal isn't about enforcing Europe-wide distribution of all media. The European Commission are looking at this soon though.

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Giorgio Montersino - boy at work - CC BY-SA 2.0 license