Towards the end of 2015 the European Commission delivered two proposals for reforms to the EU’s e-commerce regulatory landscape (the “Draft Directives”):
- a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the supply of digital content (the “Digital Content Directive”); and
- a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the distance sale of goods (the “Distance Goods Directive”).
These proposals form part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy and were promised in the wide-ranging working paper produced earlier in 2015. Together with a proposal regarding the portability of digital content, they form the first legislative proposals coming out of that strategy.
Click here to view the full article, as published in the Global Media and Communications Quarterly, which looks at the Commission’s objectives, how the proposals were arrived at, a summary of the substance of the proposals, and whether the objectives will be fulfilled.