Bury the Hatchet19 Jun 2002
Das Kriegsbeil ist begraben. Good news for German bloggers, and especially for Jörg Kantel (aka Der Schockwellenreiter). After a phone call between Jörg and a representitive of the Suhrkamp Verlag, the cease-and-dissist letter has been withdrawn, including the demand for legal fees. The Kantels are now free to spend the €1200 as they wish... for example, on their dog Zebu.
The issue of which links are legal in Germany and which are not is still open. There are previous cases of FTPExplorer/SelfHTML and the Hamburg ruling requiring disclaimers for outside links are not particularly comforting. But American bloggers have similar problems, for example National Public Radio requiring permisssion for links.