The Consumer Rights Act 2015: New rules for digital content – Henderson Chambers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in consumer protection, contracts, electronic commerce, news, sale of goods by sally

‘The bulk of existing consumer rights legislation was enacted before the rise of the internet. Accordingly, it is hardly surprising that it is silent in relation to defective digital products. As the law stands, the legal status of digital content, particularly whether it can amount to “goods” within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979, is unclear. With the advent of theConsumer Rights Act 2015 this will all change – the Act introduces a new category of sales contract, namely contracts between a trader and consumer in relation to ‘digital content’ (as distinct from goods or services). The rights and remedies for digital content are found in Part 3 of the Act.’

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Henderson Chambers, 10th September 2015