Bewertungsportale unter Druck

Der BGH hat die Prüfpflichten für Personenbewertungsportale weiter konkretisiert (BGH, Urt. v. 1. März 2016 – VI ZR 34/15). Soll die Haftung vermieden werden, müssen den Betroffenen alle Unterlagen zur Verfügung gestellt werden, die ohne Verstoß gegen datenschutzrechtliche Bestimmungen (§ 12 TMG) übermittelt werden können und die die Bewerteten zur Prüfung der Berechtigung ihrer Beanstandung …

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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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Big Changes Ahead: European Trademark Reform Package adopted

Significant changes to European trademark law will be coming into effect in 2016. Just before the turn of the year the European Parliament adopted a very substantial reform package for EU trademarks. The revised laws aim to make EU trademark law fit for the challenges of business in the 21st Century, for example by making …

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Online Streitbeilegung – Hinweispflicht für Online-Händler trotz fehlender Plattform

Seit dem 9. Januar 2016 sind Online-Händler verpflichtet, auf die Online-Streitbeilegungsplattform der EU-Kommission hinzuweisen – auch wenn die Plattform bislang noch nicht einsatzbereit ist: Mit Verordnung (EU) Nr. 524/2013 vom 21. Mai 2013 (sog. “ODR-Verordnung”) hatte die EU-Kommission die Schaffung einer Internetplattform zur Online-Beilegung von Streitigkeiten (sog. “OS-Plattform”) beschlossen. Damit sollte der Verbraucherschutz gestärkt und …

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DPAs Call into Question ALL Methods of Data Transfer to United States

By Dr. Thomas Jansen and Dr. Jan Geert Meents Yesterday, October 26, 2015, the German Federal Data Protection Officer and the Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) of the German Federal States (together “Datenschutzkonferenz” – DSK) issued a position paper calling into question all methods of data transfer to the United States. Specifically, the European Court of …

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German DPAs issue a Position Paper on Safe Harbor

By Dr. Jan Geert Meents and Dr. Thomas Jansen Today the German Federal Data Protection Officer and the Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) of the German Federal States (together “Datenschutzkonferenz” – DSK) issued a joint statement on the Safe Harbor decision: According to the Safe Harbor decision of 6 October 2015, a data transfer based on …

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New German Data Retention Law: Retention Obligations for Providers of Publicly Available Telecommunications and Internet Access Services

By Dr. Jan Geert Meents, Dr. Thomas Jansen and Dr. Reka Hatala Today the German Bundestag passed a highly disputed law on the retention of personal data. 404 out of 559 MEPs voted for the bill pursuant to which German providers of publicly available telecommunication and internet access services must store call detail records (CDR) …

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BREAKING NEWS: Data Protection Authority Calls to Stop Data Transfers Based on EU Model Clauses

By Dr. Thomas Jansen and Dr. Reka Hatala   Today the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection of the Federal State Schleswig-Holstein (“ULD”), one of the seventeen data protection authorities in Germany, published its position paper on the Safe Harbor decision of the ECJ. While most of the authorities have been cautious in connection with the …

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German DPA Imposes Significant Fine for Commissioned Data Processing Without a Proper

By: Dr. Thomas Jansen and Mari Martin On August 20, 2015, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) issued a press release stating that it had imposed a significant fine on an organization that engaged in commissioned data processing without first concluding a proper data processing agreement. Background Pursuant to section 11 of the German Federal …

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Use of customer data following an asset deal results in huge fines for seller and buyer

Dr. Thomas Jansen and Dr. Reka Hatala The Bavarian Data Protection Authority imposed an extraordinarily high fine for violating the data protection laws in the course of a company acquisition. According to the Authority´s press release dated 30 July 2015, both the seller and buyer in the acquisition were fined a five digit amount each …

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Indemnity claim for franchisees? Good news and bad news from Germany

Some people say franchising doesn’t play a big role in Germany. A number of recent court decisions has proven the opposite. One of the hottest topics under German distribution law is in the focus again. In February 2015 the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof or “BGH“) had to decide the highly debated question whether …

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“Huawei v ZTE” – CJEU landmark decision provides new ground rules for asserting standard-essential patents in Europe

In a landmark decision issued on July 16, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)  provided new guidelines on how patent infringement courts in Europe should deal with patent proprietors seeking injunctions or the recall of products on the basis of an (alleged) infringement of a standard-essential patent (SEP) if those SEP …

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