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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Professor Marketa Trimble Writes Guest Blog Post on Topic of Geoblocking

Marketa Trimble is a professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On April 16, Professor Trimble was a guest blogger on the Technology & Marketing Law Blog and penned an article titled “What Bothers Brussels: Geoblocking on the Front Burner of the EU Commission.” 

Professor Trimble’s article tackled the subject of geoblocking and its accelerated rise in the European Union (EU) as a topic of interest because a concentration of users affected by geoblocking resides in those countries.

She writes, “The more than 40,000 employees of the EU institutions come from the 28 EU member countries; many of these employees bring their families with them to Brussels (and Luxembourg and Strasbourg) but still educate their children in the languages of their home countries. Naturally, many of the employees and their families want to access content from their home country on the Internet, but geoblocking often hinders their access to content. As a result, it is not surprising that geoblocking is now on the front burner of the European Commission. Its project team ‘Digital Single Market’ agreed to ‘tackl[e] geo-blocking’ as one of the issues included in the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy.”

In her research, Professor Trimble focuses on intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law/conflict of laws.