Wed, Mar. 23, 2011

Competition Harmed by Like Button

CK - Washington.   German competition would suffer as a result of Like buttons on commercial web sites, a plaintiff argued in Berlin, but the district court dismissed the complaint. The plaintiff's attempt at linking the button and competitiveness to the potential violation of data protection laws could not withstand its scrutiny in the matter LG Berlin 91 O 25/11. The order of March 14, 2011 does not affect complaints against the deployment of the Facebook button based on the alleged violation of the data protection statutes. The ruling affects only relations among competitors.


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