Internet Law

„Fake news“ does not exist in legal terms. New legislation is not necessary, attorney Christian Solmecke says

The “fake news” discussion is everywhere today. Even United States’ President Elect Donald Trump, who himself seems to be keen on spreading news with rather questionable credibility, has given the matter a new dimension in his tweets. But what is fake news from a legal point of view in the first place? The Cologne-based attorney Mr Christian Solmecke, who is specialized on internet law now attempts to clarify the legal background of the discussion:

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The rules on compensation following internet disruption

Disruptions to the internet can be annoying and costly for individuals and for businesses. The fact that individuals can claim compensation is therefore to be welcomed. But how much can individuals claim in the event of internet disruption? 
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Can Google+ users be held liable for posting web links?

An Austrian court is to decide whether Google+ users can be held liable for posting web links to critical comments. The legal question revolves around whether users endorse the content on the external website.
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Google Drive: phishing attack on Google users

Users of Google Drive and Google Docs should check their e-mails with care. It has been reported that criminals are using intricate phishing techniques to try to obtain access to personal information and commit identity theft. More →

Registering a domain name – the legal aspects to consider

In the coming weeks and months 800 top level domains will be created. Numerous new addresses will be made available to website operators. However, there are various aspects under German law to consider when registering a domain name. Here is an overview. More →

Action taken against fake YouTube views

For a long time it has been no secret that the number of video views on the world’s largest video platform belonging to Google, YouTube, are sometimes artificially inflated. Fake YouTube views damage the credibility of the platform and now YouTube has taken action to counter fake views. More →

How to protect yourself from online banking fraud

The media carries almost daily reports of phishing scams aimed at online banking customers. The fraudsters use elaborate tricks to dupe internet users. However, if you are aware of the methods used to commit online banking fraud, you can adapt and protect yourself when online. More →

Are YouTube unblockers legal?

Internet users in Germany will know the message well: “Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not granted the respective music rights.” There is a solution to this problem: the so-called YouTube unblocker. More →

Will Wi-Fi hotspot providers be liable for file sharing?

The European Commission recently published a legislative proposal containing measures to improve the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent. The proposed rules allowing open Wi-Fi hotspots should be closely scrutinised. More →

Defending against Facebook bullying – a practical challenge

The advantages of social networks are apparent. They allow people to stay in contact with millions of people worldwide by posting entries, links and comments. But what happens if the social network is used against you? Can you defend against Facebook bullying? More →