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A consumer voice in the Queen's Speech

People downloading games, music and other content will be given much clearer and enforceable rights. Photo: The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

The Government is planning a new law to help consumers and it may give ministers some favourable headlines.

However, much of the drive behind this comes from Europe.

A new EU Directive on Consumer Rights is due to come in next month and must be written into domestic laws by June 2014.

Leaving aside who should get credit....what will this mean for consumers?

In both the UK and the EU version "digital rights" are extended in the customers' favour.

People downloading games, music and other content will be given much clearer and enforceable rights.

It is a welcome - but already overdue move - given that the market for such downloads is already worth a billion pounds a year.

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