Germany’s highest court today ruled that parents are not responsible if their children illegally download music - provided that they did everything reasonable to make sure their kids knew what they were doing wrong.
The German View
From SAP to Software AG to start-ups, a look at the new developments in the largest economy of Western Europe from an insider's perspective.
Moritz is a Munich-based IT-journalist with more than eight years of experience as an author under his belt.
From the day he brought home a modem and dialed in to a local BBS in 1991, Michael has been obsessed with technology and how it enables collaboration. He has a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and has worked in and around the technology start-up scenes in San Francisco and Berlin.
As the German giant continues to dominate Europe's software industry, the country is breeding the next generation of IT start-ups - with graduates in their late thirties leading the charge.
Mobile operator O2 Germany went public today - earning its Spanish parent Telefonica around €1.45bn and marking one of the biggest stock market floats in years for the country.
German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom wants to build the biggest datacentre in Germany.
Google, Microsoft and other companies have come together to help Germans to blur pictures of their properties in mapping services like Google Street View.
Prosecutors in Hamburg will decide in the next two weeks whether to press charges against Google over the collection of payload data by its Street View cars.
Germany's Oktoberfest, the most well-known festival centred around Bavarian beer, food and music, came to a close on Sunday. Official statistics show fewer visitors than the year before, but those who visited the festival drank nearly as much - and used more than double the bandwidth compared to last year.
Google has just opened new premises in the German capital - its third office in the country - which will play home to the search giant's marketing, sales and lobbying efforts.
The German Federal Office for Information Security is reversing its stance on Internet Explorer, after Microsoft released an update that plugs the recently discovered security hole.
The German government's information security agency has issued a warning recommending that users should stop using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer until the company releases an fix for a recently-discovered hole in the browser.