On November 20, the EU directive Digital Services Act (DSA) entered into force. The regulation will come into force on 17 February 2024, but some obligations will apply earlier. The regulation introduces a series of obligations for internet-based intermediary services. Major requirements will apply to very large online platforms and very large search engines, while small businesses
will be subject only to a few obligations.
The DSA is the most significant redefinition in 20 years of the rules for offering online content, services and products to consumers in the EU.
The primary purposes of DSA are to
• Better protect consumers and their fundamental rights online.
• Establish a powerful regulatory framework for transparency and a clear responsibility for the internet platforms.
• Promote innovation, growth and competitiveness in the internal market.
Since a regulation is directly applicable, no national implementation measures are required, but in order to adapt the Swedish legislation to the new Union law, a special investigator has been designated.
In the Network for a modern IP right that the Rights Alliance administers, we have a seminar on DSA on December 8. On February 2, 2023, the government special investigator will come to the Network and talk about their work with the Swedish investigation and what significance the new regulations may have for the existing intellectual property rules.