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Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Nokia's mobile device business by Microsoft

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of most of Nokia Corporation's devices & services business (the "D&S business") by Microsoft Corporation. The D&S business mainly produces and sells smartphones and feature phones. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because there are only modest overlaps between the parties' activities and the links between Microsoft's mobile operating systems, mobile applications and enterprise mail server software with Nokia's smart mobile devices are unlikely to lead to competitors being shut out from the market.
For more information: IP/13/1210


Copyright –Commission launches public consultation

The public consultation on copyright launched today invites stakeholders to share their views on territoriality in the single market, harmonisation, limitations and exceptions to copyright in the digital age; fragmentation of the EU copyright market; and how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of enforcement while underpinning its legitimacy in the wider context of copyright reform. Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said: "My vision of copyright is of a modern and effective tool that supports creation and innovation, enables access to quality content, including across borders, encourages investment and strengthens cultural diversity. Our EU copyright policy must keep up with the times." The consultation is open until 5 February 2014. 

To learn more about the process and to submit your contribution, please visit the following website:

ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2013/copyright-rules/index_en.htm
For more information: IP/13/1213