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July 11, 2005


1. Michael on July 12, 2005 12:23 AM writes...

The interesting one is that about, because the German music industry did not win that lawsuit yet, they just managed to get an "Einstweilige Verfügung", a preliminary injunction. It states that is not allow to publicly distribute copyrighted material in Germany. Again, this is *not* a judgement yet. However, the music industry has started to send cease & desist letters to websites of all sizes that link to Each of these letters demands lawyer fees of nearly 3980 Euros (about $4850). Putting all discussion about the legality of in Germany aside, sending out C&Ds with such fees based just on a preliminary statement is only another example for the media industry going completely overboard.

On a sidenote: The same court (Landgericht München I) recently ruled that a popular German IT magazine ( had to remove a link to SlySoft (maker of DVD backup software) from one of their news pages. Fun thing is, they were explicitly allowed to keep SlySoft's website address as plain text on the same news page (just not hyperlinked). I think this shows a deep understanding of the Internet by that particular court.

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