Consultation outcome

Implementation of the EU Portability Regulation

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

There were 12 responses to the consultation. These were from individual online content service providers, their representative bodies and trade associations, and organisations representing copyright owners. No significant issues with the IPO’s proposed approach were identified.

The government would like to thank all respondents for their contributions.

Feedback received

Responses implementation of the EU Portability Regulation

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Detail of feedback received

We have published 8 of the 12 responses we received in response to our consultation. Four respondents requested that their responses be kept confidential.

Original consultation


The government is seeking views on the enforcement of the Portability Regulation in UK Law.

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Consultation description

The Portability Regulation comes into force on 1 April 2018. Businesses bound by its obligations must implement by this date.

The aim of the Regulation is to make it easier for subscribers to use their online content services when they are temporarily in another member state of the EU. This can be for purposes such as holiday or business travel. The Regulation covers, for example, television and film subscription services, and sports services.

We need to make sure the Regulation is enforceable under UK law. The consultation asks a series of questions on whether the approach is correct and complete.

The closing date for responses is 31 January 2018.


Published 3 January 2018
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Response document added and individual responses published.
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