Regulating Internet Platforms in the EU - The Emergence of the ‘Level Playing Field’
Computer Law and Security Review, 34.6, 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.clsr.2018.08.008
34 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2018 Last revised: 8 Jan 2019
Date Written: July 4, 2018
This paper analyses the European Union's regulatory policy on platforms. The first part of the paper looks at the how the EU formulates platform policy while the second analyses the proposed and existing laws that already cover them. The final part looks at the consequences of the level playing field as the guiding regulatory principle. The main argument is that EU regulatory intervention concerning platforms seeks to bring linear providers in line with platforms through the "level playing field" or, in other words, that the EU seeks to protect the incumbents and minimise disruption rather than enhance the value-creating potential of platforms.
Keywords: platform regulation, EU digital single market, digital intermediaries
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