Last week significant EU legislation affecting copyright and consumer law was published in the Official Journal.
The legislation includes the Digital Copyright Directive 2019/790/EU. It will enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal, that is, on 6 June 2019. The Directive will begin to apply for all works and other subject matter that are protected by national law in the field of copyright on or after 7 June 2021. Member states are required to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the Directive by 7 June 2021.
In addition, the following directives have been published: Directive 2019/770/EU on contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services; and Directive 2019/771/EU on contracts for the sale of goods.
The directives will enter into force on the twentieth day following the date of their publication in the Official Journal (11 June 2019), although Article 22 of the Goods Directive will not come into force until 1 January 2022. Member states have until 1 July 2021 to adopt and publish domestic legislation implementing the directives and must apply that legislation: