The EU Commission publishes its preliminary report on the e-commerce sector inquiry

The European Commission today published its preliminary report on the e-commerce sector inquiry (the “Preliminary Report”). The Preliminary Report focuses on the online sale of consumer goods and on digital content and has found that consumers may be prevented from receiving the best online deals due to restrictive practices. Regarding the online sale of consumer goods, such restrictions include price limitations, limitations on cross-border sales and restrictions on the use of price comparitor websites, among others. With regard to digital content, the Commission found copyright licences to be complex, often exclusive, and to limit the territories, technologies and release windows digital content distributors may use. The

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Christopher Bright, The EU Commission publishes its preliminary report on the e-commerce sector inquiry, 15 September 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin September 2016, Art. N° 81407

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