Proposal for a Directive of the EP and Council on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content

The proposed Directive introduces new contractual rights across the EU for consumers when they purchase digital content, for example, video, music, games, apps, and streamed content, for money or in exchange for agreed access to their personal or other information and data. The proposal was adopted and published by the Commission on 9 December 2015. This was published with a Communication on digital contracts for Europe – unleashing the potential of e-commerce (“the Communication”). With the simultaneous adoption of a directive on online and other distance sale of goods (15252/15 – separate Explanatory Memorandum), and a Regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market (COM(2015) 627 final – separate Explanatory Memorandum), these represent the first proposals to emerge from the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. The Digital Single Market Strategy was launched by the Commission on 6 May 2015 and is an ambitious programme of work that intends to deal with a range of perceived barriers to the full realisation of a European Digital Single Market. The accompanying Communication, covers this directive and the proposal

Topic  Telecommunications 
Department  BIS 
Council Reference  15251/15 
COM Reference  COM(15)634 
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