Under the laws, consumers traveling in the European Union (EU) would be allowed to access digital services such as streaming music or films, anywhere within the 28-member bloc. Currently, copyright restrictions mean a German user of Netflix who travels to the U.K. for example, will only be able to access the content that the video streaming service offers in Britain.
The proposals will be outlined in greater depth next year and form part of a push by European Commission for the so-called Digital Single Market, where citizens and businesses can access online services regardless of where they live..
"People who legally buy content – films, books, football matches, TV series – must be able to carry it with them anywhere they go in Europe," Andrus Ansip, vice president for the Digital Single Market, said in a press release.
The rules enabling access to content regardless of location will matter specifically to people on business trips or holidays. They would however not be allowed to shop for better subscription deals in other countries.
Sports would also be included in the proposals. If someone has a subscription to a TV provider which also offers the ability to watch live TV online, this could come under the EU law. Given that sports rights deals are often expensive to acquire and are hammered out on a territory by territory basis, this could worry certain providers like BT and Sky in the U.K.