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On Wednesday 25 May, the EU Commission announced new developments to its Digital Single Market agenda. A new draft Directive, a draft Regulation and a Communication, each include a number of significant proposals, and overall represent a significant rebalancing of the scales in favour of EU content creators and broadcasters. Notably:

  • Video on demand services like Amazon Video and Netflix will have to ensure that at least 20% of their programme catalogues comprise works originating in the EU and certain other European states. The advertising and product placement rules for terrestrial broadcasters will be liberalised;
  • Content platforms like YouTube will be required to pay creators a “fair allocation” of the value they derive from the content they host; and
  • Video-sharing platforms will be required to put in place measures to protect children from harmful content and all users from material which incites hatred.

Watch the Head of the International Media, Entertainment and Sports Group Phil Sherrell explain the changes in an interview with the BBC World Service

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Phil heads Bird & Bird's International Media Sector. He is based in London. His primary focus is on litigation in the music, publishing, broadcast and advertising sectors and on acting for brand owners, with clients such as De Beers, PRS for Music, Yahoo and the UK media monitoring industry. He provides the full range of contentious IP/media law advice, handling complex trade mark and copyright infringement litigation, defamation and privacy disputes and complaints to the UK media regulators (the ASA, IPSO and Ofcom). Phil takes a holistic approach to brand protection, drawing on extensive expertise in reputation management strategies, trade mark and advertising law.

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