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Legal Disclaimer

In advance, a notion: We are committed to complying fully with all legal requirements. We therefore check the various pages of regularly and carefully to ensure that they conform to current legislation. If, however, the content or design of the various pages of infringes the rights of third parties or other statutory provisions, or should other legal concerns arise, we request that you notify us briefly to that effect, either formally or informally, including by telephone free of charge. We will then immediately delete any illegal content and rectify any other legal shortcomings. It is not appropriate to our actual or probable intentions to issue legal warnings without notification of this sort (see also § 8 para. 4 of the German Unfair Practices Act). Responsibility for the texts of authors provided to customers via this online platform lies with the relevant authors themselves. If an author’s text infringes the rights of third parties, in particular copyright, industrial property rights, the personal rights of third parties, etc., we request that you notify us of this, even if it is only informally. If a law has been breached, we shall immediately exclude the author concerned from further use of this website.

1. Right to alter content at any time

We expressly reserve the right to alter, add to or delete parts of the various pages of or the entire website contained therein, in part or in whole, without specific notification, or to suspend publication temporarily or permanently.

2. References and links

a) With its decision of 12 May 1998 (ref: 312 O 85/98 – “Liability for Hyperlinks”), Hamburg District Court ruled that the operator of a website can have joint responsibility for the content of a linked external website when creating a hyperlink (= direct or indirect reference to external websites). Under this ruling, this can only be avoided if the operator of the website expressly disassociates himself from the content of the linked external website. We hereby expressly disassociate ourselves from any external websites to which we provide links. We expressly cannot accept liability or provide any guarantee for these linked external websites. Responsibility for the content of a linked external website and in particular for any damage that may result from the use or non-use of information provided on external websites of this sort always lies exclusively with their operators or authors themselves, and not with us.
b) In accordance with the decision of the Berlin Tiergarten District Court of 30 June 1997 (ref.: 260 DS 857/96), liability is also excluded if the external website to which the link provider or defendant makes reference gave no legal cause for concern at the time when the hyperlink was created and was only subsequently altered in such a way as to break the law, without the knowledge of the link provider or defendant. Under this ruling, the link provider or defendant is not obliged to check external websites to which he makes reference via hyperlinks continuously. However, as soon as we become aware of breaches of the law on external websites to which we make reference via hyperlinks, we shall remove such hyperlinks from our website without delay. We hereby expressly confirm that at the time when all links to external websites were created, we were not aware of any illegal content on such external websites. We have no influence of any sort over the current or future design, content or authorship of linked external websites. Therefore we hereby expressly disassociate ourselves from the content of all linked external websites that has changed since the links were created.
c) The above statements apply to all hyperlinks and references on the various pages of our current internet presence at and to external entries in any guest books, discussion forums, lists of links or mailing lists that we may establish and in all other forms of databases in which or through the content of which access to external websites is possible.

3. No spam e-mails permitted

The use of the contact details published as part of the legal notice or similar information on the various pages of (e.g. name, address, telephone and/or fax number, e-mail addresses) by third parties to send information that has not been specifically requested is expressly forbidden. We expressly reserve the right to take legal action, including criminal proceedings if appropriate, against the distributors of so-called spam e-mails in the event that this prohibition is breached.

4. Legal validity of this disclaimer

This disclaimer is to be regarded as part of our internet presence on the various pages of from which reference is made to this page. If parts or formulations of the text of this disclaimer do not correspond to the current legal position, no longer do so or do not do so completely, the remaining parts of this disclaimer remain unaffected in terms of their content and validity.
Further agreements relating to liability between us and authors and between us and our customers can be found respectively in our General Terms and Conditions of Business with Authors (see General Terms and Conditions) and with Customers (see General Terms and Conditions).