Google Catches a Break With Germany’s Proposed News Aggregation Law

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

For several months Google has been actively fighting a proposed German law, the Leistungschutzrecht, that would ultimately restrict search engines from providing snippets of news articles in their search results.  Before the proposal made its first rounds in the German parliament, Google took their concerns to the German public with the launch …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Facebook Wins Latest Legal Battle In Germany Over The Use Of Real Names

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Late last year we reported that Facebook was involved in a legal battle in Germany over the social network’s policy on members using their real name when signing up for an account.  Germany, which is known for their strict privacy laws, wanted Facebook to change this policy and allow German …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German YouTube Users Cut Off From 61.5% Of Top 1000 Videos

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

If you’re a YouTube user in Germany, the notice stating “This video is not available in Germany because it possibly contains music for which GEMA hasn’t approved the rights” is probably something you’ve seen more times than you’ve cared to.  New data released by OpenDataCity, an app created by a group …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Germany Pushes Facebook To Change Policy On Using Real Names

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

It may have been quite a while since you signed up for Facebook, but if you read the fine print, you are technically required to use your birth name on the social network instead of making one up.  Of course if you look through your list of friends, chances are that …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Trademark Dispute Over Duff Beer in Germany Comes To An End

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

When you hear about Duff Beer, chances are that the first thing that comes to mind is “The Simpsons”.  While it is mainly known as a fictitious brand, the beer does exist, and for months the two companies that make it in Germany have been in a legal dispute over …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Court Gives Police Permission to Perform ID Checks Based on Skin Color

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

While we are arguing the aspects of the Trayvon Martin case here in the United States, Germany has had its own racial profiling case stirring up debate.  This week a German court ruled that police have the right to use skin color as a reason to perform ID checks on people …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Facebook Loses ‘Friend Finder’ Privacy Case in German Court

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The German consumer protection organization Verbraucherzentrale Bundesver (VZBV) won a major court ruling against Facebook’s popular ‘Friend Finder’ feature that encourages users to import the names and emails of their friends to see if they are part of the social network.  If an uploaded email doesn’t match up with an existing …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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