Highlights and Sticky Notes:
some of Germany’s bloggers got ahold of a copy of the law (PDF) that establishes the library as a federal institution, “having legal capacity.” That legal capacity apparently allows the Deutsche Bibliothek to issue formal requests that individuals deposit materials in its archives. Should those deposits fail to take place, it is, “entitled to acquire the media works through other channels at the expense of the depositors.”
But the seizing of online content is apparently the least of their worries. The law indicates that interfering with the Deutsche Bibliothek’s activities is an administrative offense, one punishable by fines of up to €10,000. Fears apparently spread that the bloggers would be facing a stark choice: hand over all their past material in an archive-worthy form, or face a hefty fine.
Posted by: lelapin