The EU Geo-blocking Regulation
Produced in partnership with Craig Giles (partner) and Rebecca Clarke (associate) of Bird & Bird LLP
The EU Geo-blocking Regulation

The following Commercial practice note produced in partnership with Craig Giles (partner) and Rebecca Clarke (associate) of Bird & Bird LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The EU Geo-blocking Regulation
  • Geo-blocking and its effects
  • Scope of the Geo-blocking Regulation
  • Who the Geo-blocking Regulation applies to
  • General exceptions to the Geo-blocking Regulation
  • Traders and online marketplaces
  • Prohibitions on unjustified geo-blocking—access to online interfaces
  • Prohibitions on applying different general conditions of access to goods and services
  • Applying different general conditions of access to sale of goods
  • Applying different general conditions of access to electronically supplied services
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Commercial?

Brexit: As of exit day (11pm on 31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources and Brexit toolkit.

Regulation (EU) 2018/302, the Geo-blocking Regulation (applicable from 3 December 2018) addresses unjustified geo-blocking and certain other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the EU internal market.

This Practice Note examines the key provisions and what approaches businesses need to adopt to comply with the Geo-blocking Regulation, including:

  1. background on geo-blocking and its effects

  2. scope of the Geo-blocking Regulation

  3. the prohibitions on unjustified geo-blocking

  4. the prohibitions on applying different

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