Digital content and the definition dilemma under the Sale of Goods Act 1979: Will the Consumer Rights Bill 2013 remedy the malady?

Althaf Marsoof


The Sale of Goods Act 1979 (“SGAâ€) that is in force in the United Kingdom (UK) is ill suited for the Twenty First Century. Since the term “goods†defined in the SGA does not extend to the sale of digital content, buyers of digital content are robbed of the protection guaranteed by the implied terms found therein. This analysis considers the recent Consumer Rights Bill 2013 that was presented in Parliament by the UK’s Government and evaluates its suitability in overcoming the deficiencies in the SGA in relation to the sale of digital content.   

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