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Thursday, 17th September 2015

Cross-border Access to Online Content

Source: Eurobarometer

From the Introduction:

The development of digital technology has provided a range of opportunities for both social and economic growth across Europe. The digital economy is developing rapidly worldwide as the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth. It is growing at a rate that is up to seven times faster than growth in other sectors of the economy. The Juncker Commission has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top 10 political priorities.

The modernisation of EU copyright rules is one of the reforms announced in this context and forms part of the Commission’s 2015 work programme. The need to adapt copyright rules to evolving consumer behaviour in the digital environment is one of the drivers of this reform. In particular, the Commission aims to enable Europeans to access the online services they want on the devices of their choice, wherever they are in Europe.

This report provides information on the current experience of Europeans with a range of online digital content and services, as well as their attitudes towards cross-border use of digital content and services on the Internet. It explores a range of areas, including:

The proportion of Europeans who use the Internet, and the devices they use to connect to the Internet;

Frequency and type of access to a range of digital content, including audio-visual content, sports, music, video games and e-books;

Perceptions of the availability of different types of content on the Internet;

Cross-border portability of online subscriptions to digital services;

Experiences in accessing digital content across borders;

Reasons why Europeans do or do not try to access online content in other Member States.

+ Report via this page (PDF; 7.4 MB)


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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