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Ecommerce website not registred as a company

I have a friend living in Germany, and he is going to launch a new ecommerce website (selling different staff). I am not a lawyer, I am also living in Germany and I know just a little about laws here, ...
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How do I challenge a public transport fine when I was never there at the time? And suspect a scam

Today I received a message in my postbox regarding an unpaid fee for not showing a valid ticket on public transport. The address and name are correct in the message. However: I use what they call "...
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Is brute forcing the password of an encrypted file legal?

A person I know sent me an encrypted .zip archive and I do not know what data is inside. Is it legal to break the password and open the archive, for example, by using a brute force algorithm? The ...
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Is it legal to send encrypted messages via a post card?

In German law, is it legal to send an encrypted message via a post card? E.g. encrypt a message text on a computer with RSA and print the Base64 hash on the post card and send it. Or is it a ...
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Just how different is the legal situation in Germany under GDPR compared to previously with respect to running a website?

A frequent statement with respect to making German websites GDPR-compliant is that barely anything has changed in Germany with DSGVO (the German version of GDPR) and the previously applicable national ...
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Do accelerators or incubators help to getting visa?

If I have a MVP(Minimum viable Product = creating a prototype of a tech invention or idea) that I like to find an investor or create a startup around it in UK/Germany/US/Canada, applying for ...
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Do Github Projects by Germans Require an “Imprint” (Link) in their Readme?

As is discussed in various places, German law requires an "imprint"/"Impressum" (a page with some contact information, such as a physical address and an e-mail address, on the person responsible for ...
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What happens if you have to turn up at two or more courts at once?

I was wondering, when a court sends out "invitations" for persons to appear at a court session, it usually includes a "you have to appear if not sick (or else)" clause. Now naturally it can happen ...
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Dual Citizenship for Adults in Germany

My sister was born in 1997 as a Bulgarian citizen in Germany. She became a German citizen while she was rather young (5 years old if I remember correctly), while keeping her Bulgarian citizenship. ...
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Does German law have an equivalent of the “plain meaning rule”?

I recently read about the plain meaning rule that seems to be a principle in the application of English laws. I would like to know whether a similar principle is either codified or known as a common ...
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Germany: Does a github.io hosted site require imprint / data privacy statement according to the GDPR?

github offers free publicly accessible data storage. Many people use that to present their personal profile where they e.g. advertise for freelancing services. An example url could be http://username....
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I signed a second work contracts in Germany, without checking my first contract

I am working in a full-time job and I signed another part-time job for 10 hours per week with a university in Berlin. After I signed the part-time contract I found in my first contract that I have to ...
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Buying a defect mobile

Recently, I bought a used mobile with invoice from a woman (i found the mobile in internet, and in the invoice she took off the part where is her name and address). As usual, I kept all discussions ...
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How can I prove that my bike is mine? (Germany)

I have a bike. I got it as a gift from my (then) girlfriend. I have absolutely no papers from it. However, in the case of a later legal dispute, I may need to somehow prove it is mine, both in a ...
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Is it permitted to work as a freelancer on Upwork while studying in Germany?

Next April I am going to start a master program in Germany living on a student visa. Currently I am working as a freelancer on Upwork. I know that in Germany it is not permitted for people on student ...
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Tenant not vacating property(GERMANY)

-See below for German version- A tenant's fixed term rental contract has expired, yet on the first day after the expiration, when keys were supposed to be returned, the tenant has not made any ...
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Lohnsteuerbescheinigung - income tax certiicate

I currently live and work in Germany and I would like to apply for a tax return. I have asked for help on a forum (in doing the paperwork) and one person wrote to me that she can help me out for a ...
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General bankruptcy inquiry in Germany

A person lives in Germany and owns a business which is in debt. They are afraid they will lose their child and be sent to "debt jail". Is this a real possibility? Is there any liability protection ...
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Would Germany extradite someone for looking at blasphemous content online? Hypothetical question.

If someone watched or looked up something online that is offensive to a particular world religion, and he was in an "unfree" country and then he travelled to Germany, would Germany extradite him upon ...
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Article 116(2) Citizenship Restoration - Germany

I'm trying to determine if I might be eligible for German citizenship under Article 116(2) of the Basic Law. Article 116(2) affords restoration of citizenship for those who were stripped of it by the ...
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What's the age in which people are allowed to engage in cybersex in Germany?

As far as I understand, Germany has an age of consent of 14 or 16 depending on the context but in addition a law. On the other hand § 184 sets up a ban for "Verbreitung pornographischer Schriften". ...
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The controlling language in German employment contracts

I am about to be employed in Germany under an American company which has a branch office in Germany. Recently I got a contract from them that has side-by-side translations with German on the left ...
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Why can you use the font “Helvetica” for free in LaTeX although it would otherwise be required to pay a fee?

When looking for the Helvetica font, it usually costs you a certain amount of money because it is not a free font. But when I am using the free open source software LaTeX, I can use the font wherever ...
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Paying Kindergarten for the kid of my wife

Currently living in Germany (Baden Württemberg) and married to a German girl having a kid. Before, my wife was not working, so the country was paying the kindergarten for her kid, but now as married, ...
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Does an attorney in Germany have to prosecute own relatives

In German penal law, does an attorney (Staatsanwalt) have to prosecute own relatives (parents children, siblings, etc.)? If no, by what law (I could not find any that would provide them with that ...
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Can I use my personal Photoshop subscriber license for a commercial purpose? (Germany)

I have the Individuals Creative Cloud Photo Subscription (annual subscription). I'm paying this on my own and use it mainly at home. Now I want to use Photoshop for several things in the company I'm ...
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How do we claim the estate of someone who died under a different name in a different country?

The father of my wife (from Germany) died in London 10 years ago, with a different name, but with the same family name (for example was born in Germany with the name Johannes Doe, and in London died ...
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To whom does the German 'Impressumspflicht' apply?

'Impressumspflicht' is a law in Germany forcing people running a website to publish personal information like name, address, email, telephone number and so forth. If it is a commercial website, even ...
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Child attained legal age, do the parents still hold any rights to medical documents from childhood?

Situation A child, let's call him Pete, went to some medical treatment when he was younger than legal age (18). All documents about this treatment were sent to his parents. Pete is now (way) above ...
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German Rental Contract error. Can landlord back charge 18months?

Berlin Landlord made an error in the contract, and now wants all tenants to correct the error by paying sum's going back 18months. Can they? A little more detail: A friend moved into a new apartment ...
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Is deadly self defense in Germany legal?

Since I am an American in Germany I have had this discussion with a few Germans but haven't got a concrete answer. If i am at home in Germany and someone breaks into my house and I see that they have ...
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In Germany, can an Individual press charges against a Newspaper for Libel?

So I've read the following: "You cannot publish untrue information about anyone or anything that could negatively affect that person or thing's reputation on your public blog. It doesn't matter if you ...
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Is it against German law to oppose the existence of the state of Israel?

If in the German jurisdiction a person, without inciting violence, states in writing or in speech that they are opposed to the existence of the state of Israel and advocates that other people should ...
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Fence with no signs in Germany

Is it legal to trespass the fence (with little passage in it) with no signs, if there's no buildings behind it (for example, construction site)? Update: the picture of a passage. No signs at all, ...
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Move money from Germany to Spain

I want to move money I earn working in Germany to Spain, where I am from. What should I take in account or be carefull to do during this transaction? I dont kow the minimum amount of money which I ...
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Monopoly on Internet acces

I am interested in the legal section of my current situation. If I can do something or if it is worth it. Let's start with key informations: Location: Germany Reason: ISP Problems So I am moving in ...
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Am I allowed to use a students license for my Bachelor Thesis at work?

I am doing a integrated degree program in Germany. As a student, I have free access for a variety of software programs. It is important that I may not use these for commercial purposes. I am now ...
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Entering private property that is not enclosed

I want to find out which German laws regulate entering (on foot) private nonenclosed property. Example: A paved surface right next to a public sidewalk. No fence, no signs. It doesn’t have to be used ...
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Book out of print - copyright?

I wrote a math book and published it with a publishing company in Germany. It went out of print after 12 years. The company still holds the rights and does not allow anybody to print or publish it. I ...
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Is it legal to give a friend money to avoid taxation in the UK?

A friend of mine owns a company in the UK. I live in Germany. He wants to transfer some money into my bank account in order to not pay as much tax when the taxation stuff is done, and afterwards, he ...
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Fine without any reminder, after not having honored contract obligations

This is a follow-up to this question: Fine and contract-renew after NOT receiving an invoice A year has passed, and the organization behaved exactly the same. They sent me a fine to pay, without ...
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Does entering a photo in a competition qualify as commercial usage?

I would like to know if I need to have the rights for commercial usage for a photo that I want to enter in a photo competition. Consider this scenario: I take a photo of someone (e.g. a model) and ...
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Is this a pyramid scheme? If so, how do I stop it?

A dear, yet very naive friend of mine has fallen into the hands of what I think to be a pyramid company (operating from switzerland). I've talked with this friend of mine for a while yet she is ...
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German tax fraud / money laundering - Is there reward for identifying?

I could well be wrong and I don't want to go into specifics here, but lets assume I know of a business that in reality generates a few hundred thousand euro in revenue and yet shows a P+L with revenue ...
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Visa application refused in Germany

I am from Mauritius and was supposed to take employment in Germany on the 23rd January in Dusseldorf. I was told by my company, who confirmed with the foreign office, that i should not require a visa ...
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German Tax for foreigner student

If you are a foreigner (US citizen) living abroad in Germany to attend a school, what kinds of taxes are required if you are also involved in the following business: You receive your own/family money ...
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Can a landlord ask me to see my luggage when moving in?

I am moving into a new home where landlord is living close by. I paid the rent and when I was about to move in, I came to get the key and the landlord told me that I cannot get it because I did not ...
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Legal issues around digital mirrors in public transportation? [closed]

Public transportation comapany in our city has recently installed monitors in its vehicles and from time to time monitors are used as digial mirrors: digital video from the video cameras in the ...
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What is a 'arbeitnehmerueberlassung' German working contract?

I've been a contractor/consultant for years - I'm familiar with the issues tax authorities have across Europe with regards to consultants being considered as an employee or as a contractor but I have ...
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If under investigation for a minor incident, how do I answer immigration questions about my criminal history?

My friend caused a hit-and-run involving slight damage to another vehicle (allegedly and without her knowledge) and received a letter from police for investigation. She consulted a lawyer and carried ...