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CJEU rules on whether ‘framing’ amounts to copyright infringement
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • October 30 2014

On 21 October 2014 the CJEU had to decide in the case of Bestwater whether embedding content in a website via "framing" constitutes "communication to


Thumbnails legally permissible in Germany: German Federal Court, I ZR 6908, 29 April 2010
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 28 2011

At the end of April 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice rendered a landmark judgment regarding the use of so-called "thumbnails" in internet search engines


Germany: Federal Court of Justice took a view on Google’s autocomplete function
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • June 13 2013

In the decision of 14 May 2013 (Docket No. VI ZR 26912) the Federal Court of Justice ("FCJ") held that predictions in Google's autocomplete function


Framing under German law liability for copyright infringements
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 19 2013

The German Higher Regional Court of Cologne decided that someone who provided a link to a third partys webpage, displaying the external


Non-compliance with e-commerce rules is misleading advertisement
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • January 10 2013

The Court of Appeal of Bremen (German version of the decision) has recently confirmed that competitors and consumer associations in Germany may challenge


Keyword advertising with third party trademarks does not infringe if visually separated from search results
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 5 2013

The Federal Court of Justice has confirmed its case-law on the admissibility of keyword advertising with third party trademarks. The function of the


German court asks CJEU: are businesses that provide password-free WiFi liable for third party copyright infringements?
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • December 4 2014

The German Regional Court of Munich (Decision No. 7 O 1471912) has referred various questions to the CJEU seeking clarification on the liability of


Business statements in blogs without indication of the author have to be seen as commercial activities and therefore must be defined as misleading advertisement
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • November 28 2012

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)?


German court: online video recorders infringe broadcasters' rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • May 30 2012

This case, which is reviewed below went before the German Federal Court in 2009


Domain name owners can request rectification of wrong whois entries
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • April 26 2012

FEDERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, DECISION OF 18 JANUARY 2012, I ZR 18710 ("GEWINN.DE"