I have found this statement here.

"The Impressum is legally required on all commercial websites published in German-speaking countries"

What does this mean? If I publish a website, then it is automatically available worldwide ofc, so does every site e.g. a site from Nigeria also need an impressum, because it is in the world wide web and germany/austria etc. can also access it?


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This is for websites that operate out of a German speaking country (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) or jurisdiction - even if the website is not '.de' - OR foreign companies that direct business to Germany, or gain German customers or clients.

For example - a site from Nigeria that sold things to or had business activity with German clients would need an impressum - but not if it were a Nigerian travel blog that did not sell or had business interactions with a German jurisdiction - for example. If you do need an impressum you ALSO need an impressum on your Social Media presences (Facebook etc)

Generally, the country-of-origin-principle according to § 3 Abs. 1 TMG applies, meaning that foreign organisations are not subject to the imprint requirement. However, many organisations do not know that a business location in Germany (a desk in a co-working space is already sufficient) leads to an imprint obligation. The same applies if the foreign organisation directly addresses the German market with its website, i.e. actively is acquiring customers in Germany. In this case, the organisation concerned must make an imprint available, because the German consumers have – according to a judgement of the regional court Frankfurt a.M. (Judgement of 28.03.2003, Az. 3-12 O 151/02) – an interest to know which law the foreign organisation is subject to, who exactly is the contact person and which agency relationships exist. - see here

Other sources: https://www.rockit-internet.de/en/what-is-an-impressum/ https://www.ionos.co.uk/digitalguide/websites/digital-law/a-case-for-thinking-global-germanys-impressum-laws/

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