In a recent judgment, the District Court of Münster confirmed that a company that manages the registration of a domain for a third party is only liable to a limited extent for possible infringements of the third party.

This would also have only limited testing obligations; There would be obligations to act only if the infringement was manifest and could thus be ascertained with even without a far-reaching factual and legal examination. This is consistent with the previous case law. In addition, a different view would unduly claim the requirements for the registrar’s legal knowledge.

The District Court of Münster therefore refused to issue an injunction.

Notwithstanding this, the respondent could not, in any event, find confirmation of the applicant’s statement of facts in the opinion of the domain owner. […] Moreover, if the facts had been clarified, the defendant could not have accepted or denied the fact of unlawful interference with the established and carried-on business or the fact of unlawful risk of credit without a more detailed legal examination.

A registrar is therefore not obliged to weigh up conflicting and/or unclear statements or even to check for the veracity.

Marian Härtel ist spezialisiert auf die Rechtsgebiete Wettbewerbsrecht, Urheberrecht und IT/IP Recht und hat seinen Schwerpunkt im Bereich Computerspiele, Esport, Marketing und Streamer/Influencer. Er betreut Startups im Aufbau, begleitet diese bei sämtlichen Rechtsproblemen und unterstützt sie im Business Development.

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