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Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Policy & Regulation Morten PetersennEva Vonau

European Union – European Commission adopts an Action Plan on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

On 1 July the European Commission adopted an action plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights in the EU (COM(2014) 392/2). The action plan intends to shift the attention of enforcement policies and actions from individuals infringing IP rights towards commercial scale infringers as they are viewed as the most harmful according to the Commission.

The EU Commissioner for … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Internet Morten Petersenn

Germany: Non-compliance with E-commerce rules is misleading advertisement

The Court of Appeal of Bremen (German version of the decision) has recently confirmed that competitors and consumer associations in Germany may challenge non-compliances with e-commerce rules. Any such non-compliance can be attacked on the basis of the German Unfair Competition Act (“UWG”). The court dealt with two essential aspects of
E-Commerce: 1. Is it a misleading advertisementContinue Reading

Posted in Internet Morten Petersenn

Business statements in blogs without indication of the author have to be seen as commercial activities and therefore must be defined as misleading advertisement

The Court of Appeal of Munich had to decide about two main aspects concerning entries in internet forums: Could such blog- or Wikipedia-entries be classified as commercial activity and therefore be subject to the German Law on unfair Competition (UWG)? And if it is possible to regard these entries as commercial activity must they be classified as misleading advertisement? … Continue Reading

Posted in Defamation, Internet Morten Petersenn

Search Engine Operator Liability for Auto-Complete Suggestions

Persistent rumors about the past of Germany’s former first lady, Bettina Wulff, have brought back a yet undecided discussion about search engine operators’ liability for auto-complete suggestions in Germany. The now rebuffed rumors connect Bettina Wulff’s past with allegations such as having worked as an escort girl or as a prostitute. They have been spread out through the Internet by … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Licensing Morten Petersenn

The afterlife of copyright sub licences after the death of the main licence

The German Federal Court of Justice decided in two cases that within normal circumstances a sub licence does not cease to exist if the main licence expires.

The cases

In both cases the owners of the rights to a copyright protected work sued sub licensees for copyright infringement after the main licence, from which the sub licensees derived their rights, … Continue Reading