Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement
Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement
  • Digital law

There are boundaries when it comes to linking. These boundaries have now been officially confirmed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in its judgement on the September 8th, 2016. Website operators that place hyperlinks with commercial intent are obliged to check the legality of the online content that is being linked to. According to the ECJ, private internet users aren’t expected to check,...

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement
Interim injunctions in e-commerce
Interim injunctions in e-commerce and how to react
  • Digital law

Internet law is an extensive and complex concept. Anyone who fails to pay attention in e-commerce can easily run the risk of violating copyright, trademark, or competition rights, and promptly find themselves on the receiving end of an interim injunction. Our review article will explain what this legal proceeding means, how to go about procuring one, and what options you have when reacting to one....

Interim injunctions in e-commerce and how to react
Cease-and-desist letters in e-commerce
Copyright law in e-commerce
  • Digital law

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 as a guide to responding to legal warnings.

Copyright law in e-commerce
Everything you need to know about design patents
Design patents: protecting your design idea
  • Digital law

Ever wondered why no products ever have the same shape and ornamentation, even when it comes to everyday items like toilet paper or bottles of beer? The answer lies in design patents. They may be less common than traditional utility patents, copyrights, or trademarks, but design patent applications have led to many high-profile court cases in recent years. But what exactly are design patents, how...

Design patents: protecting your design idea
Steps to Verified Trademark Registration
Steps to Verified Trademark Registration
  • Digital law

Any member of the economy has the right to apply for trademark registration for products or services that they use in the course of their trade. Whether these rights are granted depends on an evaluation by the federal authorities and the application’s compliance with legal requirements. This article shows how this process unfolds in the context of trademark registration, the registration costs...

Steps to Verified Trademark Registration
How to use Creative Commons correctly
Creative Commons made easy
  • Digital law

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 license – they’re free to use and some can even be used commercially.

Creative Commons made easy
The basics of trademark law
The main points on trademark law and brand protection
  • Digital law

It makes sense for companies to protect their brand as early on as possible. This is how they safeguard themselves and their legal department from any troubles, and stop their competition from profiting from their good image and reputation. It’s also worthwhile for young online companies to do the same because the brand name doesn’t just carry prestige, but also security and money. Read on to...

The main points on trademark law and brand protection
Copyrighting software
My program, your program: copyrighting software
  • Digital law

Many developers are now idolized, and with the right idea and snippet of code you could be as successful as most of Hollywood. Musicians and writers often find themselves having to deal with plagiarism, imitators, and free-riders, which is a problem that many developers also face. Their software can easily be stolen and copied. Register your software and you can rest assured that you’re covered if...

My program, your program: copyrighting software