Here’s what you need to know.
- What is a „Abmahnung“?
A copyright infringement warning letter is a cheaper out-of-court way of
resolving a conflict between two parties. The intellectual property holder
accuses you of having uploaded a movie, television series, image, song, sample,
etc. protected by copyright.
Having received a “Abmahnung”, you have probably been using filesharing software such as bitorrent, eMule, popcorn time or any other peer to peer connection software.
According to German copyright law, the act of circulating a protected work is forbidden. When downloading through a peer-to-peer connection, you’re actually uploading fragments of the protected content at the same time, providing other file sharing software users with this content simultaneously.
- Can I be personally held liable?
The question depends on your individual case.
Having said that, I strongly advise you not to sign the enclosed
declaration to cease and desist. You should know that you are signing a binding
contract. The wording of said declaration is crucial and needs to be checked by
a professional ...