EU proposes cross-border portability

European flagThe European Commission has made a set of proposals that would allow European Union citizens to use online subscriptions wherever they travel in the bloc.

The proposals, which would have to be voted on by the European Parliament would let people use their online subscriptions such as films, music and e-books they’ve legally bought.

As examples, the Commission said that a French user of the MyTFI film service can’t rent a new film if she or he is in the UK, while a subscriber trying to use his HBO from Scandinavia gets a message in Italy saying the service is not availale.

Savvy people generally use VPNs to access content across borders, and a recent study suggests 20 percent of the people surveyed do just that.

The EU believes that its proposals won’t make subscriptions more expensive and will encourage more revenues for the creative sector.