Compromise on the Digital Content Directive

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The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament approved the Digital Content Directive as provisionally agreed with the Council on 20 February. The compromise ensures that the DCD and the directive on the sales of goods are congruent and provide a coherent and clear legal framework. It should provide for a high level of protection and legal certainty for European consumers, in particular when buying cross-border, as well as supporting traders, especially SMEs, to sell EU-wide.

Specifically, it states for uniform rules on the conformity of digital content or services, remedies for non-conformity or failure to supply and how to exercise them, and for modification of long-term digital content or services. Member states must implement the directive within two years after it comes into force, and have it applicable within six months after implementation.

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