VerpackG – a guide to German packaging law

VerpackG: The new German Packaging Act of 2019

From 2019, a new packaging law will be enforced in Germany, with implications for international sellers who retail to the German market. Any sellers whose goods come in packaging are required to comply with this new law. The purpose of the law is to make competition fairer and to reduce environmental pollution. The biggest change is that affected companies are required to register centrally. What...

Ancillary copyright for press publishers in Europe

Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers

Upload filters and ancillary copyright are two planned changes to EU copyright law that are viewed with great concern by internet activists and various associations. This is because ancillary copyright law is criticised for restricting freedom of communication on the Internet, thereby forcing smaller providers and startups out in favour of large corporations, and limiting information diversity in...

Upload filters

Upload filters: a danger to free internet content?

The redesign of European Union’s copyright laws includes two very controversial acts. What is especially receiving a fair share of criticism though, is the projected commitment of website operators to establish upload filters designed to protect the intellectual property of publishers, film distributors, and those in the music industry. However, according to various critics, upload filters are not...

Deleting a Google result and protecting personal data

Deleting personal data with Google

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when...

Digital legacy

Digital legacy

Digital legacy is the term used to describe the majority of electronic information left behind by a person in the event of their death. Online profiles in social networks must be deleted or converted into memorial pages, current contracts need to be cancelled, digital possessions need to be transferred, and much more. Those who carefully manage their digital estates throughout their lives are...

Personal data

Everything you need to know about personal data

What do your e-mail address, eye colour, preferred political party, and license plate have in common? They can all be regarded as personal data which companies and cybercriminals can use to draw direct or indirect conclusions about your physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural, or social identity. It goes without saying that this sensitive information must be protected...

Writing terms and conditions

Common mistakes when writing terms and conditions

General terms and conditions are now an integral component of the contract between buyers and sellers. They are important for online store owners to apply the same rules for all their customers and goods. Furthermore, they not only simplify the purchase process for dealers and customers, but also provide legal protection for both parties. But what do you have to pay attention to when writing terms...

How to use Creative Commons correctly

Creative Commons made easy

Whether it’s music, photos, or graphics: an engaging website is full of visual elements and multimedia content. But not every website operator has the means to fill their site with their own professional images or music. A good alternative here are works published under a Creative Commons licence – they’re free to use and some can even be used commercially.

Cease-and-desist letters in e-commerce

Copyright law in e-commerce

Legal disputes don’t necessarily have to be settled in court. In many cases, copyright law-related issues can be resolved outside of court using a cease-and-desist letter. In this guide, we provide an overview of what you should include in an official warning as well and how to respond to legal warnings.

Data protection in e-commerce

Data protection in e-commerce

Data protection and security in the area of e-commerce can be particularly tricky. Users are constantly leaving behind traces online – regardless of whether they are making online orders or simply surfing the web. Consumer data can be of great interest to businesses. It gives them the opportunity to advertise and make offers to potential customers. But which types of data are you allowed to store?...


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