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Names of famous artists as trademarks when is the use really genuine?
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 20 2012

The German Federal Court of Justice decided that neither the use of the sign "ZAPPA" as part of a domain name ("zappa.com") nor as part of the sign "Zappa Records" constituted right-preserving genuine use of a trademark under Articles 15 (1) and (2a) EC Regulation 4094


Recent German decisions on thumbnail images and IP addresses
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • December 22 2008

According to the Hamburg District Court, Google's image search infringes German copyright law when it displays thumbnail images in its search results


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


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


To use or not to use? Federal Court of Justice asks CJEU to evaluate the compatibility of a re-sale of used software licenses with copyright law
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • April 14 2011

The question of whether or not the trade in used software licenses which are passed on to the buyer by way of online download is compatible with copyright law has long been controversially discussed by German courts and legal commentators


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"


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


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


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