Legal notice according to section 5 German Telemedia Act (TMG)

1. Service provider / website operator

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Carl-Bertelsmann-Straße 270
33311 Gütersloh

Phone: +49 (0)5241-80-0
Fax: +49 (0)5241-80-9662/63/64
Email: /
Internet: / 

VAT no.: DE 126 770 390
Registry no.: HRB 9194
Registry court: Gütersloh district court

Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Christoph Mohn

General Partner: Bertelsmann Management SE, Gütersloh district court HRB 9084

Executive Board of Bertelsmann Management SE: Dr. Thomas Rabe (Chairman), 

Carsten Coesfeld, Rolf Hellermann, Dr. Immanuel Hermreck, 

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann Management SE: Christoph Mohn


2. Responsible for content

Pamela Taylor, Corporate Management Development, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA 


3. Disclaimer

All information on this website has been carefully checked. We make every effort to continu-ously expand and update the information it contains, but cannot guarantee its completeness, accuracy and absolute up-to-dateness. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA provides this infor-mation without any assurances or warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Bertels-mann SE & Co. KGaA disclaims all liability for any damage arising directly or indirectly from the use of this website, provided it is not based on wilful intent or gross negligence on the part of Bertelsmann. 

Since Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA is a content provider according to section 7(1) German Telemedia Act (TMG), pursuant to the general provisions of law it is responsible for its own content that is made available for use on Bertelmann’s own content is to be distinguished from links leading to content made available by other providers. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA makes third-party content available by way of these links, however this con-tent is labelled accordingly [“third party”]. Upon initially including links pointing to this third-party content, it is checked to determine whether it might give rise to any civil or criminal lia-bility. However, it cannot be precluded that this content is subsequently modified by the re-spective providers. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA does not constantly examine the content that it references for changes that might give rise to liability. If you should be of the opinion that linked external pages are in violation of applicable law or otherwise contain inappropriate content, please advise us to this effect.


4. Copyright

Copyright © 2021 Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. All rights reserved. All content (text, images, graphics, sound, video and animation files as well as their arrangement etc.) on the website of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA is protected by copyright and other protective laws. This legal protection also extends to databases and similar facilities. This content is freely usable only for its intended purpose of being viewed on the Internet. Outside the confines of copyright law, the content of this website may not be reproduced, disseminated, altered or made accessible to third parties in any form without the written permission of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. Some sections of the website of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA also contain images that are subject to third-party copyrights. Unless otherwise specified, all brand names and logos on the website of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA are trademarked.


5. Licensing rights

Mühlenkamp 31
22303 Hamburg



Getty Images International
1st Floor / The Herbert Building
The Park / Carrickmines
Dublin 18


General notice

Cf. section 5(2) German Telemedia Act (TMG); cf. also obligations to disclose information stipulated by other legal provisions (e.g. Article 12 et seq. GDPR).


Information concerning copyright protection:

Copyright arises upon the creation of a work; the copyright notice only serves as information.

When using copyright notices it is important to indicate what they specifically refer to (website design, photographs, copy, etc.). The inclusion of a boilerplate copyright notice in the footer of a website does not enable any direct inference to be made as to what content is specifically meant, and may even be impermissible if the website contains user-generated content and it is not specifically stated that this content was not created by the website operator.

If it is shown at the conclusion of a legal dispute, for example, that the eligibility for protection of a contested work does not exist, such notices may be found to constitute an anti-competitive practice owing to false copyright claims (“copyfraud”) (cf. ruling handed down by the Regional Court (Landgericht) of Munich of 21 September 1995 – 7 O 1384/95, accord-ing to which the copyright notice that was applied by the individual reprinting third-party sheet music found in the public domain was misleading and constituted a violation of sections 1, 3 German Unfair Competition Act (UWG), old version). 

If there are any doubts concerning a work’s eligibility for protection, notices of (any) rights are to be worded in an appropriately cautious and reserved manner. Wording such as “all rights reserved” does not give rise to copyright protection. This becomes an issue especially when there are doubts concerning the protectability of the work.

Last updated: 09/2019

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