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EBU AMENDMENTS TO THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT PROPOSAL
JUNE 2021
1. The DSA must not encroach on Member States’ competence in cultural matters and it must not affect sector-specific EU 
law 

Commission proposal 
EBU amendment
Art. 1(5) – Subject matter and scope 
Art. 1(5)
5.This Regulation is without prejudice to the rules laid down by 
5.This Regulation is without prejudice to shall not affect the 
the following: 
rules laid down by the following: 
(a) Directive 2000/31/EC; 
(…) 
(b) Directive 2010/13/EC; 
(c) Union law on copyright and related rights; 
(d) Regulation (EU) …/…. on preventing the 
dissemination of terrorist content online [TCO once 
adopted]; 
(e) Regulation (EU) …./….on European Production and 
Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal 
matters and Directive (EU) …./….laying down 
harmonised rules on the appointment of legal 
representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in 
criminal proceedings [e-evidence once adopted] 
(f) Regulation (EU) 2019/1148; 
(g) Regulation (EU) 2019/1150; 
(h) Union law on consumer protection and product 
safety, including Regulation (EU) 2017/2394; 
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(i) Union law on the protection of personal data, in 
particular Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and Directive 
2002/58/EC. 


New Art. 1(6)
This Regulation shall leave intact and shall in no way affect 
Member States’ competence in relation to intermediary 
service providers to take measures that promote cultural 
and linguistic diversity and ensure the freedom and 
pluralism of the media. 

Recital 9
Recital 9
This Regulation should complement, yet not affect the 
This Regulation should complement, yet not affect the 
application of rules resulting from other acts of Union law 
application of rules resulting from other acts of Union law 
regulating certain aspects of the provision of intermediary 
regulating certain aspects of the provision of intermediary 
services, in particular Directive 2000/31/EC, with the exception  services, in particular Directive 2000/31/EC, with the exception 
of those changes introduced by this Regulation, Directive 
of those changes introduced by this Regulation, Directive 
2010/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as 
2010/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as 
amended, and Regulation (EU) …/.. of the European 
amended, and Regulation (EU) …/.. of the European Parliament 
Parliament and of the Council – proposed Terrorist Content 
and of the Council – proposed Terrorist Content Online 
Online Regulation. 
Regulation. 
Therefore, this Regulation leaves those other acts, which are to  Therefore, this Regulation leaves those other acts, which are to 
be considered lex specialis in relation to the generally 
be considered lex specialis in relation to the generally applicable 
applicable framework set out in this Regulation, unaffected. 
framework set out in this Regulation, unaffected. 
This Regulation should not affect Member States’ freedom 
to regulate issues on which those other acts leave Member 
States the possibility of adopting certain measures at 
national level.

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However, the rules of this Regulation apply in respect of issues  In the event of a conflict between Directive 2010/13/EU as 
that are not or not fully addressed by those other acts as well 
amended and this Regulation, Directive 2010/13/EU as well 
as issues on which those other acts leave Member States the 
as the national measures taken in accordance with that 
possibility of adopting certain measures at national level.
Directive shall prevail.
However,  the  rules  of  this  Regulation  apply  in  respect  of 
issues that are not or not fully addressed by those other acts 
as well as issues on which those other acts leave Member 
States  the  possibility  of  adopting  certain  measures  at 
national level.

New Recital 9b
Notwithstanding the EU’s competence to take cultural 
aspects into account in its action under the Treaties, this 
Regulation should not affect Member States’ competence in 
the cultural sphere nor should it prejudice national 
measures addressed to intermediary service providers in 
order to secure and promote the freedom of expression and 
information, the freedom and pluralism of the media as well 
as cultural diversity.  

Justification
The current wording proposed by the Commission could result in legal uncertainty as regards the relationship between the DSA and 
other sector-specific EU legal acts, as well as the relationship between the DSA and Member States’ competence to regulate cultural 
issues. 
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To guard the EU’s current achievements in diverse sectors, notably the media sector, and prevent them from being undermined, it is 
paramount to clarify that sector-specific Union law prevails over the horizontal rules contained in the DSA as the former best reflects 
the dual nature of the media, being cultural as well as economic goods.   
According to EU Treaties cultural matters remain the prerogative of Member States. Similarly to what was done in the eCommerce 
Directive, it should be specified that the DSA does not affect Member States’ competence to regulate issues related to cultural diversity 
and media pluralism and that Member States are free to adopt such measures, especially given that the DSA is a Regulation. 
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2. Platforms must not interfere with media service providers’ editorial content   
OPTION 1
Commission proposal
EBU amendment
New Art. 11a 
No interference with editorial content of media service 
providers

Providers  of  intermediary  services  shall  not  remove, 
disable  access  to  or  otherwise  interfere  with  editorial 
content  and  services  made  available  by  a  provider,  who 
bears editorial responsibility and complies with regulation 
consistent with EU and national law. 

This  Article  shall  not  affect  the  possibility  for  an 
independent judicial or administrative authority of requiring 
the  content  provider  to  terminate  or  prevent  an 
infringement of applicable Union or national law. 

Art. 12 new paragraph 2a
2a.  (new)  Providers  of  intermediary  services  shall  ensure 
that the requirements referred to in Article 11a are applied 
and enforced in their terms and conditions as well as other 
policies,  procedures,  measures  and  tools  used  for  the 
purpose of content moderation.

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Art. 14 - Notice and action mechanisms 
Art. 14 new paragraph 7
7. This Article does not apply to editorial content and 
services as made available by a provider, who bears 
editorial responsibility and complies with regulation 
consistent with EU and national law.

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OPTION 2
Commission proposal
EBU amendment
Art. 12 paragraph 3 (new)
3.  Providers  of  intermediary  services  shall  not  remove, 
disable  access  to  or  otherwise  interfere  with  editorial 
content  and  services  made  available  by  a  provider,  who 
bears editorial responsibility and complies with regulation 
consistent with EU and national law. 

This  Article  shall  not  affect  the  possibility  for  an 
independent judicial or administrative authority of requiring 
the  content  provider  to  terminate  or  prevent  an 
infringement of applicable Union or national law. 

Art. 14 - Notice and action mechanisms 
Art. 14 new paragraph 7
7. This Article does not apply to editorial content and 
services as made available by a provider, who bears 
editorial responsibility and complies with regulation 
consistent with EU and national law.

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CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS
Note: Options 1 and 2 must be complemented by the following amendments: 
Art. 1a (new) Contractual provisions/No circumvention of the 
DSA’s rules

1. Any contractual provisions between an intermediary 
service provider and a trader, business user, or a recipient of 
its service which are contrary to this Regulation shall be 
unenforceable.

2. This Regulation shall apply irrespective of the law 
applicable to contracts concluded between providers of 
intermediary services and a recipient of the service, a 
consumer, a trader or business user.

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New Recital 
In order to promote the freedom of expression and media pluralism online, the importance of editorial content and 
services must be recognised, requiring intermediary service providers to refrain from removing, suspending or disabling 
access to it. It follows that intermediary service providers should be exempt from liability for editorial content and 
services.

Intermediary service providers should put mechanisms in place to facilitate the practical application, for example, the 
flagging of lawful editorial content and services by content providers.

Providers of editorial content and services should be identified by the Member State in which the provider is established. 
These providers should be understood as performing an economic activity within the meaning of Articles 56 and 57 
TFEU. 

Justification
Safeguarding editorial freedom and media independence is key to safeguard public trust. Allowing global online platforms to ban 
and/or remove media content and services solely on the basis that they clash with their unilaterally imposed corporate community 
standards creates a serious threat for editorial freedom and media pluralism. Unlike media service providers, online platforms do not 
bear editorial responsibility for the content they make available. Yet, they perform actions on content that are editorial-like. The DSA 
must stop online platforms from playing the role of quasi-editors, a role that they are, in no way, apt to fulfil.  
In turn, online platforms should be exempt from liability for content which has been provided by media service providers who bear 
editorial responsibility and exercise editorial control over such content. 
Media service providers should be identified at the national level, by competent sector-specific regulatory authorities and bodies 
which have a role in overseeing media service providers. The Commission should subsequently publish the information provided by 
national authorities and make it publicly available. 
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3. Platforms must correctly display the identity and brand of business users  
New Article 13a
Providers of intermediary services shall ensure that the 
identity, such as the trademark/logo or other 
characteristic traits, of the business user providing the 
goods or services on the intermediary services is 
clearly visible alongside the goods or services offered. 

Justification
In order to enhance consumer protection, online safety and promote fairness among market participants, it is necessary that the DSA 
includes an obligation for intermediary service providers to clearly indicate the identity of the business user alongside the goods and 
services offered by the business user. This obligation is modelled on the Platform-to-Business Regulation and would be applicable to all 
intermediary service providers and not just online intermediation services (as per the P2B Regulation).  
Ultimately, it would further reinforce the DSA’s objectives of building a transparent and safe online environment, empowering consumers 
to easily identify the provider of goods or services (including in cases when goods or services are offered by the intermediary service 
provider) and ensuring that they have trust in the goods and services offered online. 
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4. Transparency rules for recommender systems must apply to all online platforms
Commission proposal 
EBU amendment
Art. 29 (for very large platforms) - Recommender systems
New Art. 24a (for online platforms) 
1.Very large online platforms that use recommender systems shall 
1.Very large Online platforms that use recommender 
set out in their terms and conditions, in a clear, accessible and 
systems shall set out in their terms and conditions, in a clear, 
easily comprehensible manner, the main parameters used in their 
accessible and easily comprehensible manner, the main 
recommender systems, as well as any options for the recipients of 
parameters used in their recommender systems, as well as 
the service to modify or influence those main parameters that they 
any options for the recipients of the service to modify or 
may have made available, including at least one option which is not  influence those main parameters that they may have made 
based on profiling, within the meaning of Article 4 (4) of Regulation  available, including at least one option which is not based on 
(EU) 2016/679. 
profiling, within the meaning of Article 4 (4) of Regulation (EU) 
2016/679. 
2.Where several options are available pursuant to paragraph 1, 
2.Where several options are available pursuant to paragraph 
very large online platforms shall provide an easily accessible 
1, very large online platforms shall provide an easily 
functionality on their online interface allowing the recipient of the 
accessible functionality on their online interface allowing the 
service to select and to modify at any time their preferred option for  recipient of the service to select and to modify at any time 
each of the recommender systems that determines the relative 
their preferred option for each of the recommender systems 
order of information presented to them. 
that determines the relative order of information presented to 
them.
Justification
Enhanced transparency rules for recommender systems should not be limited to very large platforms. Recommender systems are 
commonly used by all types of platforms to classify, rank, prioritize available information, thus influencing the relative order and visibility 
of content. Given the critical impact online platforms have on the display of content and services and ultimately on user behaviour, it 
is essential that they adhere to basic transparency requirements. This is all the more necessary where the recommender system pre-
selects content upon a user’s demand (for example through voice assistants), answering with a single search result to the user’s 
query. 
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5. Media regulators must be meaningfully engaged in national oversight structures
Commission proposal
EBU amendment
Recital 73
(73) Given the cross-border nature of the services at stake and 
(73) Given the cross-border nature of the services at stake 
the horizontal range of obligations introduced by this Regulation,  and the horizontal range of obligations introduced by this 
the authority appointed with the task of supervising the 
Regulation, the authority appointed with the task of 
application and, where necessary, enforcing this Regulation 
supervising the application and, where necessary, enforcing 
should be identified as a Digital Services Coordinator in each 
this Regulation should be identified as a Digital Services 
Member State. Where more than one competent authority is 
Coordinator in each Member State. Where more than one 
appointed to apply and enforce this Regulation, only one 
competent authority is appointed to apply and enforce this 
authority in that Member State should be identified as a Digital 
Regulation, only one authority in that Member State should be 
Services Coordinator. The Digital Services Coordinator should 
identified as a Digital Services Coordinator. The Digital 
act as the single contact point with regard to all matters related 
Services Coordinator should act as the single contact point 
to the application of this Regulation for the Commission, the 
with regard to all matters related to the application of this 
Board, the Digital Services Coordinators of other Member 
Regulation for the Commission, the Board, the Digital 
States, as well as for other competent authorities of the Member  Services Coordinators of other Member States, as well as for 
State in question. In particular, where several competent 
other competent authorities of the Member State in question. 
authorities are entrusted with tasks under this Regulation in a 
In particular, where several competent authorities are 
given Member State, the Digital Services Coordinator should 
entrusted with tasks under this Regulation in a given Member 
coordinate and cooperate with those authorities in accordance 
State, the Digital Services Coordinator should coordinate and 
with the national law setting their respective tasks, and should 
cooperate with those authorities in accordance with the 
ensure effective involvement of all relevant authorities, notably in  national law setting their respective tasks, and should ensure 
the supervision and enforcement at Union level. 
regular reporting to and effective involvement of all relevant 
authorities, notably independent national regulatory 
authorities for the media, 
in the supervision and 
enforcement at Union level. 
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Justification
In  line  with  Member  States’  institutional  autonomy,  the  DSA  leaves  it  to  Member  States  to  designate  the  competent  national 
authority(ies) that supervise and enforce the DSA at the national level. Where Member States choose to delegate this task to a different 
national authority, it should be ensured that regular exchanges take place with other authorities, in particular independent national 
regulatory authorities for the media which hold a great expertise in the regulation of certain online services. These should be duly 
informed, at regular intervals and engaged in any issues that relate to their mandate as defined by national law or that have any effect 
on the regulation of audio and audiovisual media services. 
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6. Traceability must be provided in relation to all business users 
Commission proposal 
EBU amendment 
Art. 22 – Traceability of traders
Art. 22, new paragraph 2a
 
1. Where an online platform allows consumers to conclude 
1. Where an online platform allows consumers to conclude 
distance contracts with traders, it shall ensure that traders can 
distance contracts with traders, or business users to offer 
only use its services to promote messages on or to offer 
their goods and services to consumers, it shall ensure that 
products or services to consumers located in the Union if, prior 
traders and business users can only use its services to 
to the use of its services, the online platform has obtained the 
promote messages on or to offer products or services to 
following information: 
consumers located in the Union if, prior to the use of its 
services, the online platform has obtained the following 
information from the respective trader or business user
(a) the name, address, telephone number and electronic mail 
(a) the name, address, telephone number and electronic 
address of the trader; 
mail address of the trader
(b) a copy of the identification document of the trader or any 
(b) a copy of the identification document of the trader or 
other electronic identification as defined by Article 3 of 
any other electronic identification as defined by Article 3 of 
Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 of the European Parliament 
Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 of the European Parliament 
and of the Council; 
and of the Council; 
(c) the bank account details of the trader, where the trader is 
(c) the bank account details of the trader, where the 
a natural person; 
trader or business user is a natural person; 
(d) the name, address, telephone number and electronic mail 
(d) the name, address, telephone number and electronic 
address of the economic operator, within the meaning of 
mail address of the economic operator, within the meaning 
Article 3(13) and Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 of 
of Article 3(13) and Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 
the European Parliament and the Council or any relevant act 
of the European Parliament and the Council or any 
of Union law; 
relevant act of Union law; 
(e) where the trader is registered in a trade register or similar 
(e) where the trader or business user is registered in a 
public register, the trade register in which the trader is 
trade register or similar public register, the trade register in 
registered and its registration number or equivalent means of 
which the trader or business user is registered and its 
identification in that register; 
registration number or equivalent means of identification in 
that register; 
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(f) a self-certification by the trader committing to only offer 
(f) a self-certification by the trader or business user 
products or services that comply with the applicable rules of 
committing to only offer products or services that comply 
Union law. 
with the applicable rules of Union law. 
2.The online platform shall, upon receiving that information, 
2.The online platform shall, upon receiving that information, 
make reasonable efforts to assess whether the information 
make reasonable efforts to assess whether the information 
referred to in points (a), (d) and (e) of paragraph 1 is reliable 
referred to in points (a), (d) and (e) of paragraph 1 is reliable 
through the use of any freely accessible official online database 
through the use of any freely accessible official online 
or online interface made available by a Member States or the 
database or online interface made available by a Member 
Union or through requests to the trader to provide supporting 
States or the Union or through requests to the trader or 
documents from reliable sources. 
business user to provide supporting documents from reliable 
sources. 
3. Where the online platform obtains indications that any item of  3. Where the online platform obtains indications that any item 
information referred to in paragraph 1 obtained from the trader 
of information referred to in paragraph 1 obtained from the 
concerned is inaccurate or incomplete, that platform shall 
trader or business user concerned is inaccurate or 
request the trader to correct the information in so far as 
incomplete, that platform shall request the trader or business 
necessary to ensure that all information is accurate and 
user to correct the information in so far as necessary to 
complete, without delay or within the time period set by Union 
ensure that all information is accurate and complete, without 
and national law. 
delay or within the time period set by Union and national law. 
Where the trader fails to correct or complete that information, the  Where the trader or business user fails to correct or 
online platform shall suspend the provision of its service to the 
complete that information, the online platform shall suspend 
trader until the request is complied with. 
the provision of its service to the trader or business user 
until the request is complied with.
 
4. The online platform shall store the information obtained 
4. The online platform shall store the information obtained 
pursuant to paragraph 1 and 2 in a secure manner for the 
pursuant to paragraph 1 and 2 in a secure manner for the 
duration of their contractual relationship with the trader 
duration of their contractual relationship with the trader or 
concerned. They shall subsequently delete the information. 
business user concerned. They shall subsequently delete 
the information. 
5. Without prejudice to paragraph 2, the platform shall only 
5. Without prejudice to paragraph 2, the platform shall only 
disclose the information to third parties where so required in 
disclose the information to third parties where so required in 
accordance with the applicable law, including the orders referred  accordance with the applicable law, including the orders 
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to in Article 9 and any orders issued by Member States’ 
referred to in Article 9 and any orders issued by Member 
competent authorities or the Commission for the performance of  States’ competent authorities or the Commission for the 
their tasks under this Regulation. 
performance of their tasks under this Regulation. 
6. The online platform shall make the information referred to in 
6. The online platform shall make the information referred to 
points (a), (d), (e) and (f) of paragraph 1 available to the 
in points (a), (d), (e) and (f) of paragraph 1 available to the 
recipients of the service, in a clear, easily accessible and 
recipients of the service, in a clear, easily accessible and 
comprehensible manner. 
comprehensible manner. 
7. The online platform shall design and organise its online 
7. The online platform shall design and organise its online 
interface in a way that enables traders to comply with their 
interface in a way that enables traders or business user to 
obligations regarding pre-contractual information and product 
comply with their obligations regarding pre-contractual 
safety information under applicable Union law.
information and product safety information under applicable 
Union law.
Justification
We believe that the traceability of traders is a necessary step towards enhancing consumer protection, the safety of online platforms 
and fighting pirated goods or services. We believe that, in order to be effective, the principle of identification should not be limited to 
traders and its application not be restricted to online marketplaces. Instead, traders as well as all other business users of all online 
platforms should be required to provide information about themselves. 
Platform  providers,  law  enforcement  authorities  and  citizens  can  thus  easily  identify  business  users  providing  dubious  and  illegal 
goods, content, or services and communicate with them in a direct and effective manner. A broad obligation for online platforms to 
verify the identity of their business users will contribute to combatting fraudulent activities online, such as copyright infringements, the 
dissemination of illegal content and disinformation. 
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01 - EBU AMENDMENTS TO THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT PROPOSAL
JOINT MEETING OF THE CONTENT REGULATION GROUP AND PLATFORM 
REGULATION GROUP
     , 02 March 2021