Country of origin principle in the EU market for audiovisual media services: consumer's friend or foe?
Title: Country of origin principle in the EU market for audiovisual media services: consumer's friend or foe?
Author: HEROLD, Anna
Citation: Journal of consumer policy, 2008, 31, 1, 5-24
The country of origin principle, the cornerstone of the EU Television Without Frontiers Directive - to become the Audiovisual Media Services Directive - is often criticised as being insensitive to the legitimate national public interest to protect viewers - and consumers - of audiovisual media content. This paper seeks to demystify this pessimistic perception of the country of origin rule from the perspective of the consumer interest. It demonstrates that the possible negative repercussions of the country of origin logic for consumer welfare are mitigated in three ways: by specific derogations possibilities foreseen in the Directive in case of violations of the fundamental rules on protection of minors and of human dignity; through the margin of broadcasting control left to the Member States in the areas beyond those coordinated by the Directive, and by means of a new two-step anti-circumvention procedure introduced by the new Directive.
Subject: Media; Television; European Union; Consumption; Consumers; Policy studies; Europe
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