The new law makes Denmark the latest European country to introduce legislation of this kind, designed to make popular streaming services pay their way in the local economy as tends to be required of traditional broadcasters.
Last week the Swiss public voted by referendum in favour of a law ordering streaming services to invest at least 4 percent of revenues in local content. In Portugal, the Cinema Law created a 1 percent tax on the income of streaming platforms that operate in the country. These proceeds are used to fund the national film institute, the Portuguese Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual.
Meanwhile in Spain there is legislation underway that would force streamers to produce 30 percent of content in Europe, deliver 9 percent of programming in Spanish and 6 percent in Spain’s co-official languages (Catalan, Galician or Basque). The government confirmed that the platforms would assume the cost, and face sanctions for noncompliance. The law is expected to be approved this year and come into effect in 2023.