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LG Cologne: Influencer jurisdiction also for discounts

In the meantime, you can find a large number of posts on my blog about being an influencer and the relevant case law on this. In this regard, the vast majority of courts agree that it is not relevant that an influencer receives money or other benefits, such as the free transfer of goods. The decisive factor is rather whether one earns money as an influencer with one’s own content (whereby it is already sufficient if this is only the goal of the activity), which is why, according to the courts, a separation of private and promotional content is usually not possible.

Knowing this, proceedings at the Cologne Regional Court seem strange, even without the fact that it has already ruled against Influencer. This is especially true since there is an attorney requirement at the district court.

In fact, the influencer did not even defend herself by saying that no consideration was given for her content on Instagram. Rather, it claimed that it had only been granted discounts when purchasing goods, which is why there was allegedly no commercial act and advertising labeling was not necessary.

This rather strange opinion resulted in a fine of 12,000 euros.

The Regional Court of Cologne emphasized that a commercial act is of course not only present when money flows directly, but also when one receives financial benefits in other ways.

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel is a lawyer and entrepreneur specializing in copyright law, competition law and IT/IP law, with a focus on games, esports, media and blockchain.

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