Access to innovative online content is a key driver for consumers to embrace take up. Ensuring a truly single market for legitimate online content has therefore been highlighted as one of the key priorities of the Digital Agenda. The WG's overall aim will be to support the development of an expanding cross-border market, characterised by a large legal offer and effective competition in the content market.
In 2015, the WG will focus on:
- The EU copyright reform debate and different items of importance to the sector (ex. hyperlinks, User Generated Content, private copy levy, etc.)
- The AVMS Directive
- European Commission initiatives on Notice and Action, taking into account national developments in this field
- The European Commission’s work on e-commerce rules
- Any European Commission initiatives subsequent to the Licenses for Europe initiative, specifically in the area of user generated content
- The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive
- CEPS and the EU Observatory Counterfeiting and Piracy workflows and other relevant forums, such as the OECD
- The European Commission’s future initiatives on consumer rights and other Fundamental Rights issues, with the aim of increasing the availability and access to legitimate content and information. Find out more about ETNO members' legitimate content offers here.
- The Net Neutrality debate, with a focus on the access to content and information
- The Digital Single Market strategy and the Framework Review
ETNO members throughout Europe are putting together innovative content offers, including IP TV, music or video downloads. They are also engaged in voluntary education campaigns to raise awareness against piracy.
Working Group structure
ETNO WGs are the engine of the Association. The bottom-up approach when formulating ETNO position papers ensures that all ETNO member interests are captured. The Digital Single Market WG Chair is Caterina Bortolini, Telecom Italia and the Vice-Chairs are Henk Mannekens (BT) and Thedora Stamos (Proximus).
ETNO stands ready to support a positive implementation of the Electronic Communications Code
Brussels, Strasbourg, 14 November 2018 – The European Parliament will hold today a plenary debate and vote on the European Electronic Communications Code (the Code). This brings Europe one step closer to the formal approval of the new legislative framework that will regulate the telecom sector for years to come.
ETNO signs the ‘’Paris call for trust and security in Cyberspace’’ and joins Women4Cyber initiative
Paris 12 November 2018 – ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, joined the early supporters of the French Government’s ‘’Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace”, launched today by President Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the Paris Digital Week. In this context, ETNO’s Director General Lise Fuhr has also joined the Women4Cyber initiative.
ETNO believes the Electronic Communications Code is a missed opportunity
Brussels, 6 June 2018 – ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, believes that the Electronic Communications Code (the Code) represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses. This opportunity has been missed. The Code will not ignite the much needed rush to invest in 5G and fibre networks and it will add complexity to an already burdensome system.
Latest Position Papers
ETNO and GSMA joint position paper on Article 13 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
The core aim of Article 13 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is to consider the legal relationship between content rights-holders and a new class of information society service provider termed a ‘online content sharing service provider’ (“OCSSP”) that stores and gives public access to copyright works such as music/audiovisual content. Article 13 represents a focussed sector-specific approach to addressing the so-called ‘value gap’ by requiring that OCSSPs obtain necessary authorisations from relevant rights-holders.