6 - Software Manifesto - Balanced digital content consumer law | FAST

6 - Software Manifesto - Balanced digital content consumer law

Feb 2015

As we run up to the general election in May I am delighted to launch FAST ten point Software Manifesto that focuses on three key areas: enforcement, deterrence and accountability. Over the next two weeks we will publish one point per day and welcome feedback and discussion.

Balanced digital content consumer law

FAST has always welcomed the development of law to bring it up to date and, as such, has been working closely with the Government as the Consumer Rights Bill as it has gone through the Parliamentary process. However, FAST is anxious that the law should remain balanced, clear and not an impediment to the software industry supplying software to consumers in the UK.

It is FAST’s contention that increased legal burdens – especially for smaller software developers – could severely impact the SME software development sector, creating a higher barrier for such developers to supply the consumer and, ultimately, higher software prices for software Digital Content. The Consumer Rights Bill still needs considered debate and FAST urges the Government not to attempt to rush the legislation through prior to the General Election.