McGuireWoods LLP (JD Supra Germany)
Federal Cartel Office vs. Facebook: When Data Privacy and Competition Law Collide
On 7 February 2019, the German competition law regulator, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO), concluded a lengthy investigation into Facebook. It found that the company abused its dominant market position by making the use of its social network conditional on the collection of user data from multiple sources.
German Case Fails to Address Key Issue Regarding Software ‘Copyleft’
Caution remains the watchword for incorporation of “copyleft” software into proprietary software projects, as a German court has declined to provide insight into the reach of the influential free software license, the General Public License (GPL). In a case that may have shed light on the GPL’s scope, Christoph Hellwig, one of the developers of the GNU/Linux operating...