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Liability of internet platforms: should exceptionalism end?

ICT and Digital Agenda
Date: Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:30 - 17:15

Venue: Contact Organizer  |  City: Brussels

Today, the E-Commerce Directive limits the liability of Internet platforms. This regime dates back to 2000, when the EU wanted to promote the then-nascent E-commerce platforms, to protect freedom of expression and boost the internal market.

15 years later, online platforms have significantly evolved. With their significant economic position comes the question of whether the limited liability regime belongs to a bygone era. Some are calling for a general reform ending ‘exceptionalism’, while others demand targeted changes providing exceptions to the limited liability.

Responding to those calls, the Commission has proposed changes to the limited liability regime with recent legislative and non-legislative initiatives such as those for media services, for copyright reform or to better tackle illegal online content.

On 5 July 2018, CERRE will present the policy recommendations of its new report ‘Liability of internet platforms: should exceptionalism end?’

This research looks at whether the existing distinctions of the E-Commerce Directive are sufficiently clear and applicable to today’s online platforms. It also examines the coherence between the principles and the obligations of E-Commerce Directive and the recent initiatives of the Commission regarding the liability of platforms, and discusses the incentive effects of the limited liability regime on platforms’ design and competition.

Join key actors from the digital sector, including representatives of internet platforms, telecoms operators, regulatory authorities, European policymakers and academic experts for an afternoon of frank discussion and debate on this timely topic.

This Executive Seminar is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.

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  • Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:30 - 17:15

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