The Big Screen Test

France’s government has just decreed that streaming services, including Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon, must invest at least 25% of their French revenues in local content if they want to show their movies just 12 months after their cinema release. Similar quotas will take effect across Europe. But a far more contentious issue than these content obligations is what IP rights such platforms may have to relinquish under the E.U.s imminent Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

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