Jennifer Baker

As expected, the European Commission has nixed plans to impose blanket rules on Web-based platforms as part of its Digital Single Market plans—but Netflix, Amazon, and other on-demand video providers will face movie and TV quotas and a tax to help fund EU productions.

Vice president Andrus Ansip said that rather than onerous regulation, problems will be addressed individually as they arise by sector.

European TV broadcasters currently invest around 20 percent of their revenues in original content, but on-demand providers pump less than one percent into such productions, according to the commission.

Rules banning hate speech have additionally been extended to video sharing platforms and downloadable content.

Elsewhere, the commission has set out plans to increase price transparency and regulatory oversight of cross-border parcel delivery services.

Finally, the commission laid out a proposed revision of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation to give more powers to national enforcement authorities.

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