The District Court of Frankfurt am Main has issued a new, interesting verdict on the subject of file sharing.

In doing so, the Landgericht first refers to the fact that purely flat-rate allegations that someone other than the connection owner might have been the perpetrator of the file-sharing act were not to meet the conditions set, inter alia, by the BGH, for the secondary burden of proof of the connection holder. would suffice.

In the present case, however, the defendant makes concrete statements regarding possible other users that they would also like to play computer games among other things(and we know, thanks to the BGH, that women also gamble first-person shooters!) and that somehow also their nephews is involved.

That was sufficient for the Landgericht in the context of the secondary burden of proof. In addition, it claimed that it had complied with the requirements of the “afterlife case law” of the Federal Court of Justice by informing its own family members not to use file sharing. you will be able to do so in this article or post. Previously, the ECJ had addressed this question(see here).

The rights holder therefore largely lost the process. However, the defendant will have to bear part of the costs in the future, since her statements about the possible perpetrator varied and the rights holder therefore brought a useless case against the initially designated family members.


However, the applicant may require a declaration that the defendant is 1. is obliged to compensate it for all damage which it is entitled to in relation to the useless legal costs incurred in relation to the defendant. 2. but […] only damages which have arisen after receipt of the defence […] have arisen and will arise.


In this procedure it is once again impressively shown that precise knowledge of file-sharing law (which is now extremely extensive!), truthful statements in the trial, clarification of the family but also experience as a lawyer can certainly lead to that unjustified file-sharing allegations can be repelled. I would be happy to advise you on this!

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