Imprint and Legal Information for international websites is an other tricky subject.
As a german website owner, living in Germany, addressing potential customers in Germany with a german website version, I have to follow german law. This is at least the way I understand the very few articles and questions I found.
A very good starting point for me was the german post on dr.web. The article is already from 2010, but I think the principle is still the same. Different scenarios are described. For each combination of website owner location and customer location you will find a short paragraph.
- Harald Büring: Rechtssichere Gestaltung von internationalen Internetseiten
If you are living in another country than Germany, either in the EU or outside EU, then the laws and regulations of your own country come into effect. But in case you want to address the german market you need to get familiar with german internet law too.
I didn’t find any fitting english articles on how to make international websites law conform… But actually this is no surprise since every country has own laws to follow.
For my project german law is mandatory. And for my english website version which does not address a specific country, german law is valid too.
English Version of Imprint and Legal Information
Other sensitive Legal Points
- Termsfeed: Get Compliant With The Law
The use of Share Buttons, Facebook Like Buttons, Google Analytics or other statistic programs have to be “declared”. Especially german law is very picky about this.
Since I want to use statistics to identify and narrow down the local spread of my website visitors I definitely have to get involved with the up to date legal conditions.