Apple’s Steve Jobs summoned to EU online summit

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, eBay CEO John Donahue, Which? director Peter Vicar and other leading tech industry folks will be flying into Europe to attend a private EU conference on online sales of music and consumer goods.

Led by consumer champions such as Peter Vicar, the summit will look at and review cross-border sales of music and other goods over the internet.

EU competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, says the meeting aims to resolve problems when purchasing products online from countries outside of your own – particularly in Europe, a federation of states whose citizens are meant to be able to freely shop around for the best available deal under free market regulation.

Peter Alexiadis, an antitrust lawyer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Brussels told Bloomberg, “All the various pressures created by the Internet have to be addressed. It has to be an integrated approach.”

The move follows EU moves in July to force royalty collection societies to become international, moving away from their anachronistic territorial approach to music licensing.

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