European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy launched

The European Commission's new Digital Single Market Strategy has now been adopted.  The Commission will undertake 16 key actions, under 3 pillars, over the coming 5 years.  The three pillars are (1) better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe; (2) creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish; (3) maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.  Key actions include legal proposals for a 'more modern, more European copyright law', including reducing the differences between national copyright regimes, looking at the role of online intermediaries in relation to copyright-protected work, and stepping up enforcement against commercial-scale infringements of intellectual property rights.  The Commission aims to deliver on its targeted actions by the end of next year. More information can be found at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4919_en.htm