Screen International

Authors: Michael J. Maxtone-Smith

The Commission wants to make it easier for us to enjoy Europe’s rich cinematographic culture online, but its proposal may put that richness in jeopardy, argues Reed Smith film finance partner Michael Maxtone-Smith.

Jean-Claude Juncker spoke in 2014 about the Commission needing “the courage to break down national silos in copyright” to facilitate cross-border online access to content. The demolition has started small, with the impending imposition of mandatory portability that will mean I can watch my UK online VOD service on holiday in France.

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