Sat, Dec. 26, 2009

Liability of Address User

CK - Washington.   Bad news for commercial users of German email addresses: The renters of email address lists can be liable under competition and general spam rules for addressing email to addressees who have not agreed to receive it. The Düsseldorf court of appeals imposes liability upon the corporate entity, and personally upon the management of the corporation, to properly screen rented lists of email addresses before using them. The November 24, 2009 decision and a summary are available, in German, at the Medien Internet und Recht website.

Update: A December 29, 2009 summary, also in German, Rätze, OLG Düsseldorf: Geschäftsführer haftet persönlich für unzulässige E-Mail-Werbung, has more on the personal liability of management and the practicality of screening 360,000 acquired addresses.


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