Developers Alliance signs joint industry letter on the upcoming revision of the EU liability framework
- Developers Alliance joins industry outreach on software product liability and the AI liability directive
- Industry letter highlights issues with increasing liability for stand-alone software regulation
- Applying “strict liability” to software is inappropriate and will damage developers
The Developers Alliance has joined other associations representing startups, SMEs, and technology companies in reaching out to the European Commission on the upcoming proposals to revise the Directive on the liability for defective products (PLD) and the proposal for a directive to adapt liability rules to Artificial Intelligence (AI Liability Directive).
The joint industry letter calls for a proportionate approach in regulating software and imposing liability on software developers, considering the existing legislation already covering digital products. In particular, it details industry positions against applying strict liability for standalone software, against extending the scope of damages to non-material damages and against reversing the burden of proof.
The upcoming proposals are related to the proposals for an AI Act and an updated regulation on General Product Safety, currently in legislative process. Developers Alliance is actively following these proposals and engaging with EU lawmakers to explain the impact on European developers’ businesses and on the future of software development.
The letter can be found here.