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The Federal Court requested on October 28, 2014 the European Supreme Court to give a ruling on the question whether dynamic IP addresses are personalised data according to the data protection law (Case No. VI ZR 135/13).

The court chambers in Berlin decided in a ruling from August 25, 2014 that the principle ' privilege of the provider' is also applied in the criminal law according to article § 10 page 1 number 1 TMG. A host provider is punishable by law only in case he knows of contents, that are in any form criminally relevant, of one of the webpage hosted by him (KG, decision from August 25, 2014, Case No. 4 Ws 71/14 – 141 AR 363/14).

The Regional Court in a ruling from November 3, 2014 (Case No. 15 O 318/13) decided that it is not enough to provide in an 'Impressum' on Internet an email address that gives you an automated reply referring to other communication channels.

The embedding of third party contents on the proper webpage through the technique of framing is not to be considered a copyright infringement, as decided by the European Court of Justice in a ruling from October 21, 2014 (Case No. C-348/13).

The text 'order and buy' on a button is not an authorised label, as decided by the Local Court Köln in a ruling from April 28, 2014 (Case No. 142 C 354/13).

The Regional Court Cologne (in a ruling from August 19, 2014, reference number 33 O 245/13) sentenced that a service provider can no longer promote his website with a free registration if the main requested functionality is in reality subject to a charge.

The Regional Court Düsseldorf decided ( in a ruling from August 29, 2014, reference number. 38 O 78/14) that Vodafone is ordered to refrain from promoting the Allnet-Flat in TV advertising spots. Vodafone accepted the judgment and did not appeal.

The Regional Court decided in two rulings that operators of public WLAN hotspots also have the so called 'privilege of the provider' according to § 8 TMG (German Telemedia Law). Telecommunication service providers on the basis of this standard are excluded from the liability provided that they transmit all information automatically.

The European Court of Justice decided that the provider of an internet search engine in the case of personal data and subject that are published on websites by third parties is liable for the processing. Accordingly the provider of an internet search engine must cancel any links to web pages with sensible personal data from the lists of their search results.

The automated searching of data, that are available on websites, is permitted under the rules of competition. The Federal Supreme Court (reference number: I ZR 224/12) decided that online booking portals can use price information of suppliers as long as no specific technical measures are repealed.


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