Wed, Aug. 15, 2007

Blocking Competitors

CK - Washington   Under German law, the market is the watchdog of competition. Competitors may perform test purchases and obtain information about others in the same line of business. They may send cease-and-desist demands to competitors that violate the competition laws.

Conversely, one competitor may bar another whose nosiness interferes with its business. The Hamburg Court of Appeals ruled on April 18, 2007 in the matter 5 U 190/06 that an online business may block the IP address of an interfering competitor which keeps checking its site for violations, Medien Internet und Recht reported on August 4, 2007 and published the decision.


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