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Contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nikolina Šajn (5th edition, updated on 21.03.2019),

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On 29 January 2019, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the European Commission’s proposal for a directive regulating the private-law aspects of contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services in the internal market. The directive would, for the first time, harmonise some aspects of such contracts at EU level. The co-legislators agreed that embedded digital content would not be regulated by this directive, but rather by that on sale of goods. They also agreed that the duration of legal guarantees for digital content and services would not be fully harmonised but that national laws should not limit it to less than two years; that for the first year from delivery the burden of proof should be on the supplier; and that traders would be required to provide updates. The directive would also establish what remedies consumers are entitled to and the order in which they can be used. Parliament is expected to vote on the provisional agreement during the March II plenary session.


Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Legal Affairs (JURI) (jointly) COM(2015)634 of 9.12.2015

procedure ref.: 2015/0287(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Co-rapporteurs: Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D, Germany)
and Axel Voss (EPP, Germany)
Shadow rapporteurs: Eva Maydell (EPP, BG)
Virginie Rozière (S&D, FR)
Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK)
Angel Dzhambazki (ECR, BG)
Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE, FR)
Kaja Kallas (ALDE, EE)
Dennis de Jong (EUL/NGL, NL)
Jiří Maštálka (EUL/NGL, CZ)
Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, DE)
Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT)
Marco Zullo (EFDD, IT)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiation

EU Legislation in progress timeline



One thought on “Contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services [EU Legislation in Progress]

  1. speed up, I am working on my final essay on the topic of contracts for the supply of digital content:D


    Posted by josko | November 29, 2018, 16:05

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