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Telemedia Act 2007 (Telemediengesetz) (Feb. 26, 2007).


This Act replaces the German Teleservices Act, the Teleservices Data Protection Act and the Federal Media Services Treaty. It regulates all electronic information and communication services except pure telecommunication and broadcasting.

The Act applies to "webshops, mobile commerce, newsgroups, music download platforms, video on demand (VOD), internet search engines, emails and even simple company websites, but not to live-streaming of video, web-casting, IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) or VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocolinternet telephony)."[1] Telemedia service providers must inform users about the "character, extent and reason" of the collection and processing of user-related data. Service providers are required to produce user data, such as user names or addresses, upon request of the German secret services. Further, user data may be demanded if necessary for the enforcement of intellectual property rights.[2]


  1. Henning Kreig, "German Telemedia Act Introduces New Rules for New Media," Bird & Bird (Mar. 5, 2007) (full-text).
  2. Id.