Since September 2003 German copyright law has prohibited the circumvention of copy protection mechanisms and other technological measures that protect copyrighted content. With respect to some limitations of copyright (but not regarding digital private copies) in the offline-world, the right holder is obliged to help the user by providing the necessary means to enable certain permissible uses. In addition, the right holder who applies technological protection measures has to observe labeling obligations.
Dr. Alexander Peukert from the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich, has created an overview for Germany.
|Dr. Alexander Peukert also created a FAQ page concerning private copying, circumvention of technical measures and cracks. The FAQ is currently only available in German.|
Read the complete FAQ here
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