A few weeks ago Oliver Dowden (secretary for Digital Culture Media and Sport) published a policy report outlining the government's plans to reform digital regulation in order to drive growth and promote innovation. Today, the government announced it is launching a consultation into one of these plans: a new pro-competition regime for digital markets.

The government has published a report outlining its proposals including 10% fines of worldwide turnover for serious breaches of a new code of conduct. Of particular interest to those looking for the UK's answer to Article 15 of the Copyright Directive is the focus on publisher/ key platform relationships. 

Stakeholders are invited to answer a survey of questions by 1st October this year. 

While this consultation and subsequent further discussions take place, the UK's Digital Markets Unit ("DMU") will continue to operate without any legislative powers of enforcement. The government has stated it hopes to give the DMU its new powers "as soon as parliamentary time allows".