Monthly Archive: February 2016

BGH zu Werbung in Autoreply-E-Mails – Viel Rauch um Nichts

  Mit Urteil vom 15. Dezember 2015 hat der BGH (Az.: VI ZR 134/15) entschieden, dass automatisch generierte E-Mails, die neben einer Eingangsbestätigung für zuvor versandte Nachrichten auch Werbung enthalten, dann eine Persönlichkeitsrechtsverletzung darstellen können, wenn der Empfänger dem Erhalt dieser Werbung zuvor ausdrücklich widersprochen hat. Werbung in Autoreply-E-Mails ist damit nicht verboten. Vielmehr ist …

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Liability of Internet-Access-Provider for copyright infringements

The German Federal Supreme Court (BGH, decision of 26 November 2015) recently acknowledged the general liability of TK-companies which provide access to the internet (so-called Access Provider) according to the principles of “Stoererhaftung” (Breach of Duty of Care) and has thus closed a gap in current copyright law and practice. The Access Provider might even …

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Federal Supreme Court of Germany confirms title protection for smartphone-apps

The German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) held for the first time that not only names of websites but also designations of smartphone-apps may be protected under the German Trademark Act (MarkenG). Section 5 of the German Trademark Act provides for a protection of “commercial designations” including titles. Each designation that falls within the scope of …

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Trade Secrets Directive – Agreement between Commission, Parliament and Council

On 15 December 2015, the EU Commission, the Council and the Parliament agreed on a final compromise text of a “Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure” (“Directive”). Background The Commission’s original proposal of November …

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