Thu, Feb. 09, 2006

Wikipedia - TRO Set Aside

HF - Washington.   On February 9, 2006, Amtsgericht Charlottenburg, a Berlin civil court, set aside the temporary restraining order against the German Wikimedia association, docket number 218 C 1001/06, dated January 17, 2006.

The court decided that the petitioners, parents of a deceased son whom they did not want mentioned in Wikipedia, may not require the respondent to refrain from mentioning the applicant's son's name on the Internet. The court noted that such a publication does not constitute an infringement of the son's postmortem personal rights.

On January 20, 2006, the court had already suspended the enforcement of the TRO upon the respondent's request. The new decision is not final and an appeal is possible. The court released a press statement


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