What is agorateka and why has it been created?

agorateka is a European online gateway that helps find legal digital content. It provides fast and easy access to national portals that link to websites which offer this content in participating European countries respecting the intellectual property rights of authors and creators.

agorateka provides an alternative legal option to non-licensed, illegal internet content which, if accessed, might be detrimental to yourself and others. The gateway gives you an opportunity to reach these alternative options.

What can I find in agorateka?

agorateka provides links to digital content websites in up to five different areas (music, films & television, e-books, video games and sports events) in each participating country.

Useful information about digital content online such as the type of format or whether it is free-of-charge or requires payment can also be found. Furthermore, the gateway contains additional information, such as statistics, useful for citizens and and businesses.

If a content field (for example, film) is not available for a country participating in agorateka, this means either that there is no national portal for this type of content to date or that that the country has not yet identified a national portal. In such a case, a search for Legal Offer websites should be done directly in the respective country.

Initially, four pilot countries, namely France, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Latvia, will be connected to agorateka. From 2017 onwards, other European countries will be integrated.

How does agorateka work?

agorateka offers several search possibilities of digital content websites. The search can be filtered by content type (for example, music) or by country. If you choose the option to search by content type, agorateka will show you all the links to national portals that contain the selected content type (for example, all national portals of participating countries that cover the content type “music”). If you choose the option to search by country, agorateka will show you the links to all the national portals of the selected country.

Why should I use agorateka as a consumer or as a digital content provider?

Using agorateka, consumers have quick access to online offer websites. This gateway addresses concerns consumers often have with regard to quality, safety (for example malware) and security when accessing content on the internet.

For digital content providers, the national portals collected in agorateka are a platform on which to display and make available to consumers their portfolio of digital content.

agorateka provides an overview of the variety and trends in Legal Offer Sites for digital content at European level and by country. This will enable citizens and businesses to perform a deeper analysis of the legal offers landscape.

What is the relationship between agorateka and the national portals to which it links?

agorateka is a collection of national portals of participating European countries, most notably the Member States of the European Union. It aims to encompass national portals from as many European countries as possible in order to give the widest possible access to legal digital content.

The national portals within agorateka feed this portal and originate from different sources. Some have been created by public bodies of the participating country, others exist due to collaborations between public entities and private sector organisations, and again others are from the private sector and have been included, by the participating country, to be present in the portal. Within the national portals provided, users can find lists of websites that offer digital content legally.

Every effort is made to include as many national portals as possible and, by participating countries, to gather as many Legal Offer websites in their national portal(s) as possible. In the event that there are national portals not linked to agorateka or Legal Offer websites not mentioned in the national portal, please contact the national contact point of the respective participating country. Contact information can be found in the Contact section.

The fact that a website providing access to digital content is not listed in a national portal does not necessarily mean that this site is illegal. Such a website might be still unknown to the national portal, it might not wish to be listed or it might have applied to be listed with the validation procedure still ongoing.

Who do I have to contact if I have detected a problem?

For any technical issues, please contact the EUIPO or the national portal in your country. You will find the contact details in our Contact section.

For enquiries about the content in the national portals, please contact the national portal in your country. You will find contact details in our Contact section

Can I access agorateka on all types of devices?

Yes, the portal can be accessed through all types of devices. However, we recommend to access agorateka through your pc to obtain its best performance.

The agorateka team is constantly working to improve its usability and to ensure the best user experience including portable devices.

In national portals reached, can I find free digital content or only paid content?

The national portals collect a variety of Legal Offer Sites. This will most likely include both types of services, payment required services and services for which you don’t have to pay because they are free and/or ad supported, i.e. providing free programming to an audience along with advertising messages.

What is the EUIPO?

The EUIPO is the EU’s largest decentralised agency. It manages the registration of the European Union trade mark (EUTM) and the registered Community design (RCD), both of which provide intellectual property protection in all 28 EU Member States.

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, which forms part of the EUIPO, was established in 2009 to support the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and help combat the growing threat of IP infringements in Europe.

What is Ideas Powered?

Ideas Powered is an EUIPO online initiative to raise awareness of the value of intellectual property and the importance of respecting it. It is designed to educate young Europeans about Intellectual Property (IP) and inspire them to think about how IP works in practice, by highlighting the relevance of different IP rights, their economic and social value for young people and their daily lives and the impact of IP infringements. The Ideas Powered initiative, covering social media accounts and a web site, also encourages youngsters to contribute to, share views and comment on these issues.