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...

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.

ePrivacy regulation is on the way! What do you have to expect?

The EU plans to significantly tighten data security online: With the ePrivacy regulation, the collection of personal data should only be allowed following explicit allowance. At this point, it’s not certain what exactly will be included in the ePrivacy regulation: We’ve consolidated for you here what we already know. As website operators, it makes sense to inform yourselves now as to which changes...

EU cookie laws and how they affect your business

Online cookies used to track behaviour online are commonplace in the modern internet world, serving many functions, from storing login information to telling websites which pages you visit. In 2011, EU member states implemented their respective cookie policies, dictated by amendments made in 2009 to the EU directive for privacy and data protection online. But what do these rules mean for UK...

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 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?...

Interim injunctions in e-commerce and how to react

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....

'Playboy' judgement restricts the freedom to link

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,...

The main points on trade mark law and brand protection

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 trouble, and stop their competition from profiting from their good image and reputation. It’s also worthwhile for young online companies to do the same, as a brand name doesn’t just carry prestige, but also security and money. Read on to learn the...

Trademark Registration: The necessary steps

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 evaluation by the federal authorities and the application’s compliance with the legal requirements. Here we show how this process unfolds in the context of trademark registration, the registration costs...